WESTBROOK (AP) — Another Maine city is considering a popular work-for-welfare program.

The Press Herald reports that the Westbrook City Council will hold a hearing to determine if the city will adopt a standard General Assistance ordinance that would allow workfare, which enables people to obtain assistance with rent and other benefits as they work.

The program has been largely successful in Portland. The city’s General Assistance Program manager, Aaron Geyer, says workfare allows people to transition out of General Assistance and into self-sufficiency.

Katie Dufour, a legislative advocate for the Maine Municipal Association, says workfare is most successful in communities with big public works departments or community centers.

Mayor Mike Sanphy led the effort in Westbrook. Sanphy hopes people receive a helping hand but that they also can provide for themselves.

filed under: