Assistance & Community Services

General Assistance is available by appointment only. Please call 833-5771 ext.108 to schedule an appointment with the General Assistance Administrator.

General Assistance is for immediate aid of persons who are unable to provide the basic necessities. A person applying for this assistance is required to utilize all available resources (TANF, SNAP, etc). We partner with local community service provider agencies to ensure that all resources and services have been utilized in an effort to meet the resident's immediate needs. 

This program is for assistance with rent, food, electricity, fuel and household/personal items based on a 30 day income. All appointments are confidential.

Emergency assistance applications are available 24/7 - see here for info.

Harpswell Heating Assistance is open from October 15 through April 15 of the current year. This program is for people who are not eligible for General Assistance but who need heating assistance. See the Program guidelinesApplications are accepted at the Town Office, by phone (833-5771 ext. 108) or you may complete an on-line application.

Donating to Harpswell Heating Assistance Program: Did you know you can donate to the Town of Harpswell's Heating Assistance Program and help keep your neighbors warm? You can mail a check (made out to the Town of Harpswell and notate 'heating assistance' in the memo line) to the Town at PO Box 39, Harpswell, Maine; or stop by and donate in person; or you can call and make a donation over the phone with a credit card; or drop a check in our drop slot to the right of the Town Office front door. Donations are directly used to purchase oil, wood, etc. for Harpswell residents. Fuel prices are higher than in previous years causing a greater need. Please speak with your tax advisor if you have questions about deductibility. Thank you!

Opportunity Alliance –  Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides heating assistance to income eligible households in Cumberland County to pay for a portion of their annual heating expenses. The program provides a one-time-per-season direct payment to heat vendors for homes heated with oil, kerosene, coal, pellets, wood, LP gas or electricity.

Call: 207-553-5900
Start an online application:

Access Maine: Access Maine is an online resource guide with information to connect people living in Maine to public programs, services, and other resources that are available to provide support they need to be safe, happy, healthy, and successful.


Have questions or need help with your CMP bill? 

  • or 1-800-750-4000  for answers to questions, billing, payment plans and emergencies.
  • Visit the Maine Public Utility Commission, click on Maine Electric Help.
  • Do you qualify for HEAP? You may also qualify for help with your CMP bill. See above for contact and application info.

Durable Medical Equipment for Loan: Please contact Mike Drake, Fire Administrator by phone at 207-833-5771 ext. 126 or by email at to inquire about renting equipment. 

Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Harpswell Aging at Home: Harpswell is home to many older adults who intend to remain in their homes as they age. We want to make sure older adults can access available supports and services to help them age well at home. Programs include but are not limited to, Home Repairs, Resources, Transportation, Lunch with Friends, Meals in a Pinch, and Neighbors Connecting. You can find additional information and help through this community partner.  

Project Lifesaver: Program for any resident of Cumberland County who has been diagnosed with a medical condition that results in the tendency to wander, can benefit from the program. These medical conditions can include: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Autism, Down Syndrome. For more information see this flyer.

Another source for information is dialing 211. This is a resource directory and referral system that is available to the public without the need of a login and password. Please dial 211 if you need help in finding resources.