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  •  General Assistance in Maine (9+ / 0-)

    is very restrictive. In most towns, it is doled out by the Board of Selectmen (volunteers) or the town manager. Very few towns have a paid employee doing it.
    It is regarded as the very bottom of the safety net and you have to prove every single cent you spent the month before, with receipts.  There are lots of things that disqualify you, and an expensive cellphone might do it unless have a doctor's note for it.
    If you do get approved, it will be for specific items for a specific sum, not for a monthly amount.  I've never heard of anyone getting money for a haircut, but if you have a medical reason, perhaps it will fly.
    The suggestion to use food pantries is a good one; many have toiletrie items.
    Good luck and best wishes.  GA is a tough one.  It is funded directly from property tax dollars from people in your town, so it is watched closely and used sparingly.

    •  /sigh (10+ / 0-)

      The expensive cell phone I got many years ago when my spouse was in the military, is several generations old, and has an extremely cracked face because said spouse threw it on the ground (she's now in jail)? That one? The one I use, as many deaf & HH people do, to use ip relay services? Those all take data.

      If you read my tip jar, you'd easily see MY FRIEND is giving me a buzz cut. And it's actually difficult to find hair dressers who will work on me, because the eczema on my scalp is so bad. You see, it's often open sores. I have one now, but I won't be seeing her, even though her prices are reasonable.

      I'm sorry I'm poor. I'm sorry that I can't do physical labor, and that I can't be a receptionist, and that I no longer have the memory to be an insurance or mortgage assistant (both high pressure jobs, despite the names).

      And I'm VERY sorry that I wasn't given the information on the requirements and how to apply for general assistance, which if you read my diary carefully, was what I was asking for.

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      by LoreleiHI on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 11:10:58 PM PDT

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      •  please don't apologize! (6+ / 0-)

        You are living your poverty, you are living your disabilities, but you are a human being with a mind and soul and body that are every bit as legitimate as entry tickets into the human race as any others'!

        I don't even know how to see that my unneeded personal items get into the hands of someone who needs them.  In New Mexico I knew; here in Maryland with all my affluent neighbors, I have no idea.  

        (-7.62,-7.33) Carbon footprint 12.6 metric tons. l'Enfer, c'est les autres.

        by argomd on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 06:11:41 AM PDT

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        •  No doubt argomd! Just being poor is hard enough (4+ / 0-)
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          argomd, lenzy1000, GAladybug, LoreleiHI

          But LoreleiHI don't be sorry for having health problems. Don't be sorry for being poor. Sometimes things don't work out. Sometimes we get sick or injured.

          We should not use either of those conditions as an excuse to mistreat others.

          When we encounter someone in trouble, its supposed to be an opportunity to give our best as a human, and this woman you encountered failed miserably.

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