Maine Families

Financial Assistance

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS): 1-800-432-7846
Calais Office: Open Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30a – 4p (closed for lunch 12:30 – 1:15),  5 Lowell Street, Calais
Machias Office: Monday – Friday 8:30a – 4p,  38 Prescott Drive, Machias

  • Alternative Aid – short-term support for families that do not have TANF that are working or looking for work
  • Emergency Assistance – benefits to families in emergency situations (evictions, utility terminations, & more)
  • TANF – temporary funds while the family works toward being self-sufficient (must apply for TANF through Fedcap. Call Fedcap at 1-844-585-2505 (Machias) or 1-877-369-0935 (Calais) to make an appointment. Open Mon-Fri 8am -5pm.  To reach the Fedcap help line call 1-844-653-0316
  •  Division of Support Enforcement and Recovery (DHHS): 624-4100
    Enforce existing support orders, establish support orders for children of unmarried parents, update old orders of support

PLEASE NOTE: The ASPIRE & TANF programs have been outsourced from DHHS to FedCap.  If you have difficulties getting benefits during this transition contact Maine Equal Justice Partners, Karen Wyman for assistance at 1-866-626-7059, ext. 205 or (link sends e-mail).

Free Financial Coaching & Advice (DCP): 598-5657
Meet with a financial coach on issues from debt help, choosing student loans, avoiding foreclosure, starting up a business, retirement planning, etc… Services are free to anyone in Washington County regardless of income. This program is available through Downeast Community Partners.

General Assistance: Contact your local town office to apply
Emergency assistance for low income families. Families can re-apply every 30 days.

Indian Township Welfare: 796-2301
Financial assistance

Machias Food Pantry (Centre Street Church): 255-6665
Emergency assistance; Coats for Kids; Christmas Giving Tree

Maine Family Development Account: 598-5648
This FDA program is available through Downeast Community Partners. It enables income eligible individuals and families to have matched savings that can be used to buy a home, pay for education, or start or expand a small business. Every dollar saved is matched by $4 from the FDA Coalition. For a limited time this account can also be used to purchase or repair a vehicle if a minor is in the home.  Contact DCP or visit their website for more information.

Neighbor4Neighbor Fund (Mini Grants for Seniors): 667-7171
One-time mini-grants up to $500 to seniors in Washington county who are facing a crises. Funds may be used for eyeglasses, dentures, medical equipment, emergency household repairs, or other one-time challenges. Email:

SSI Benefits for Infants: 1-800-772-1213
Disability benefits for premature babies or babies born with low birth-weight – this is called “Presumptive Disabilities” by SSI. Click on the link to learn more.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): 1-800-772-1213
SSI is for disabled people who do not have a past earnings record; SSDI is for people with recent earnings. You can also apply online (or appeal a decision) at their website

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