How to get help with bills and expenses
The local community action agency, Washington County Community Action Council, Inc., is a non-profit organization that has several resources and services for low and moderate income families and individuals across the region. They have weatherization programs, energy assistance, grants and other financial assistance. Read more below on what they offer, as well as the community action agencies contact information.
Energy and Utility Bill Assistance
There are several options available from the state of Maryland and the Washington County Community Action Council.
The Maryland Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
Yet another resource for low and moderate income households. It provides free energy saving improvements and upgrades for an eligible household. The participating household must be certified eligible by the program criteria, and they be also already be receiving Energy Assistance. The WAP program will conduct an energy audit of the applicants home to determine the areas of the house best suited for improvements and energy saving enhancements. The improvements to the home will air seal the dwelling thereby reducing heating and cooling costs and expenses for the family.
For those with an unexpected emergency, assistance is available. You will need to make an appointment to meet with a Community Resource Specialist to apply or learn more. After the meeting, the counselor can provide applications for grants, referrals to agencies, emergency food, financial assistance, and even information on government programs, including how to get legal advice from the foreclosure pro bono program.
Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program
This program was created to help qualified home owners, by offering them grants and or low interest loans, that will assist them with making needed health and safety related repairs to their homes, residences, or apartments. Qualifying homeowners must be income eligible for the program and they also need to live outside Hagerstown city limits. Several funding sources, including federal government, state, and private, are available and the various monies from these agencies can be combined to meet the home owner’s funding requirements. Funds for housing rehab are available in the form of free cash grants, low interest loans, deferred loans and government funding.
Stop by 101 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740, to learn more or apply. Or you can call them at (301) 797-4161 to apply for assistance.
Hagerstown Maryland Utility Relief Fund
This is a utility and heating bill assistance program specifically targeted at Hagerstown Maryland residents. The Washington County Community Action Council administers this program as well. When applying you will need to provide financial documentation that proves you have a need. Some of the information that you will need to provide includes a copy of your current utility bills, mortgage statement or tax bill, proof of income, and some other documents. Currently the program will provide a grant of up to $350, but it can be increased to up to $500 if the person shows a tremendous need or they are facing a crisis.
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