Find how to get assistance with paying utility and heating bills, get assistance with other housing expenses, access debt help, free food, and gain access to other community resources. The agency that both runs its own programs, and can refer you to others, is the Hartford Community Action Agency, Inc. All of the services indicated below are offered by this agency.
Counselors can help people deal with debt. In addition, financial workshops are held, in combination with local banks and financial institutions, that can provide counseling and additional assistance to consumers to help them deal with medical and credit card debts. Also, receive credit repair advice and some workshops may provide foreclosure assistance.
Clients of the agency will work with counselors to improve their budgeting skills, counselors can examine peoples attitudes about money, help them create, keep up with and monitor a household budget, repair credit, reduce debts, and identify resources for investing and saving. Find additional ways to get debt help.
If you are having trouble feeding your family, the community action agency also provides emergency food and groceries or supplemental food to individuals and families in need of nourishment. Clients of the food program may come every 30 days and receive a wide enough of a variety of wholesome foods and groceries to feed their household for 2 – 3 days, based on household size and the families need.
The Fuel Fund of Hartford County Maryland helps families and individuals that have received utility shutoff notices. It will help them keep their service on, stay connected to their power source, it will help them restore their utility service that has been turned off, and it will assist households that are out of fuel, whether it is propane, heating oil, wood, kerosene, etc.
If you do need help with a disconnection, you can use the fund only once in a 12-month period. The Hartford County Fuel Fund provides assistance to a family based on the amount the household owes to the utility or fuel vendor. The applicants must also pay a matching portion of the utility bill.
Two other programs available, that are offered by the state or local utility companies, include the Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP), which provides a once-a-year cash grant to low-income households to help them with winter heating bills.
The second option is the Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP), which is a cash grant that helps low to moderate -income households pay their current electric bill. The EUSP arrearage component of the assistance program can help low-income and other qualified households clear up and pay old utility bills. Arrearage assistance may be accessed only once every 7 year period.
Once per year, families may apply for housing aid. The rent/mortgage assistance program helps keep people in their homes and prevent homelessness by providing up to $500 in financial assistance to help someone pay their late rent or mortgage. The cash grants may also be used to pay security or housing deposits for families or individuals who are facing a foreclosure or who may be currently homeless. The agency can also refer you to the Maryland mortgage mediation program.
You can learn more about these programs, and get referrals to other local non-profit and charities, by contacting them Hartford Community Action Agency, Inc. at (410) 612-9909. Additional support is also available from HCAA. Or click here Hartford Community Action Agency.
The Salvation Army Center in Havre de Grace can serve as a resource for people that are struggling as well as senior citizens. Resources will always be limited, but the non-profit may be able to offer free food from pantries or feeding sites, shelter, Christmas programs, and occasional financial assistance.
If the location can’t help, social workers and volunteers from the Christian based organization can often provide referrals to either government grant programs or private, charitable groups in the region. So the assistance is extensive. Read Hartford County Salvation Army.
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