General Assistance


On behalf of the State of Maine, the Town of Bar Harbor administers a Welfare / General Assistance program that provides confidential financial assistance to those who are unable to meet basic needs for housing, utilities, and food.

The program is funded by local property taxes with a 70% reimbursement from the state and is administered by the Town Clerk.
Persons who wish to apply for General Assistance may contact the Town Clerk at 207-288-4098 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday, 9-11 a.m.

In an emergency outside of business hours, applicants may contact the Bar Harbor Police Department at 207-288-3391

To see all the Financial Assistance programs available through the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services, click here.