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This program exists to provide financial assistance to eligible community members residing on the Penobscot Reservation in an effort to promote personal growth and financial independence. This program is administered by the Community Services Coordinator Recipients who are able-bodied will obtain gainful employment that affords them a living wage. Recipients who have a physical and/or mental disability will obtain financial benefits through entitlement programs such as Social Security, Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income.

There are residency requirements for an applicant to receive benefits from general assistance. An unmet need needs to be determined through the application process certain circumstances do allow for emergency assistance. Other resources available to an applicant need to be utilized such as food stamps, emergency crisis, LIHEAP, TANF, WIC, Unemployment Comp, Veteran’s benefit and others. Job searches will be preformed by adult members of the household who are able to work to the satisfaction of the case worker. Individual case plans will be used by each recipient and followed or sanctions of ineligibility will be given.