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Assistance programs Baltimore County

Find charities, churches, and government agencies that offer financial help as well as free stuff for Baltimore County families, including Towson, Dundalk and Ellicott City and other towns. Some of them overlap with the city programs. These various agencies can provide emergency financial help, free food, rent relief or housing resources, gasoline vouchers and other support. Get financial help near you in Baltimore County.

A major focus is on helping low income, the elderly, and others who are having a difficult time. Whether it is free furniture or food, school supplies or grant money, help is offered. It is for short and long term support. Or read more about and find free personal or household stuff.

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The agencies and programs listed below may overlap with city resources too. This means that additional financial assistance programs, case management, social services, and free items may be offered. Find details on financial assistance in the city of Baltimore.

Catonsville Emergency Food Ministry - Not only do they provide food, but if you have exhausted all other government assistance programs, they may be able to provide help for rent, housing expenses, and energy bills. Call this Catonsville Maryland agency at (410) 747-4357.

Union Bethel AME Church - Some of the services and resources offered include free food and nonperishable groceries for a 3-5 day period as needed for low income individuals. Funds may also pay for utility and heating bills, as the church provides minimal financial assistance with paying rent for those with eviction notices or BGE termination notices.

Yet another program is for help with foreclosures. They offers financial assistance to homeowners who are dealing with foreclosure, offer workshops for issues with foreclosure and individual housing counseling for mortgage and foreclosure help. Learn more or Maryland mortgage programs, or call AME Church at (410) 922-9621.

Towson Maryland Assistance Center of Churches - This groups of churches can help Towson Maryland families. Turn to the organization for free food. They may also have some limited cash assistance available that people can use for paying energy bills, money for health care expenses and medical equipment, and housing expenses. Dial (410) 296-4855.




Cockeysville Maryland United Churches Assistance Network - This group of churches provides emergency food and financial grants for paying for rent. The charity also offers eviction prevention, money for heating and utility bills, and other cash aid. The phone number of this organization of churches is (410) 628-2102.

Based on donations, other financial and/or material assistance may also be provided as well. Or they give out free stuff in Baltimore County. The charity networks helps the less fortunate in Baltimore County, including the sick and unemployed. More on help from churches.

Hereford Food Bank (phone (410) 343-0660) - People in Monkton can get help. They offer free food and financial assistance for paying bills and housing costs.

Reisterstown Community Crisis Center - If you have an eviction notice or a disconnect notice from your utility company, they may have money for you. The center also offers food, and is a great place to turn to for information on local charities as well as government programs. Call them at (410) 526-7111.

Foreclosure prevention and mortgage programs are offered by the following non-profits or attorneys.

  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service ((410) 547-6537) - Among other legal assistance they offer include housing, foreclosure, and credit and debt counseling. Work with a pro bono attorney to get foreclosure counseling, and also learn about a statewide foreclosure pro bono project. Click here to learn more or Maryland foreclosure and mortgage help.
  • Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., Baltimore County Office - They help low income and other eligible people with mortgage foreclosure counseling and representation programs. Also, receive free advice on landlord/tenant issues, and predatory lending.
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Services has several offices around the Baltimore County area. Call them at 410-747-6803. Housing and credit counselors can help people reduce their debts, provide foreclosure prevention, and direct people to programs that can provide assistance with such bills as credit card help.

The Samaritan Community, Inc. - This non-profit provides emergency assistance to thousands of families per year. While they primarily provide food to Baltimore County residents, they may have other aid and support they can offer as well. Extensive counseling and information on government programs can be offered as well. For example, learn about low income assistance programs.





The non-profit also provides help to the city region. If a case manager from the Samaritan Center can’t meet your needs, then they may have referrals. For example, they have information on resources provided by churches in the county, short term loan programs, details on SNAP food stamps, or even referrals to low income housing units. Call (410) 225-9500, or click here for information on Samaritan Community.

Baltimore County Coordinated Entry may be able to offer rent assistance and housing help. Coordinated Entry acts as a centralized system to access homeless services for those who are at risk of homelessness due to unpaid rent, utility shut off, foreclosure or other reason.  Those families or single people in Baltimore County that meet criteria may be assessed for other programs such as Rapid Rehousing, Permanent Supportive housing, Case Management, and the Housing Solutions Program.

  • The servicer is a result of a program was created from federal government Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). Not all individuals will be eligible for services but services could assist with rent. Grants may also be available to pay for security and utility deposits, as well as money to help people move into a new home or rental unit. Call 410-887-8463

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Outreach Program - May be able to assist families and individuals who have an eviction notice, heating or utility cut-off notice (learn about utility disconnection laws), water bill turn-off, individuals who are in emergency need of gas money, in need of prescription assistance, etc. They also have a food pantry on site. Glyndon Maryland 410-371-3509

We Are Family Community Development Corporation offers the following programs. Foreclosure prevention services and counseling. Free food and groceries may be provided to people for up to 5 days. Last, but not least, emergency financial assistance can be provided to people facing an eviction or disconnection of heating or utility service. Randallstown MD. Dial 410-922-9621

The Catholic Charity organization may be able to help low income families that live in the county. A number of resources are offered for the working poor and unemployed. Seniors can get help as well. Assistance programs include housing, food, and employment assistance. Or look into help with bills, rent, and free basic needs or stuff from the Samaritan Center. This can include free clothes, furniture, and other items. Learn more on free stuff.

  • Several churches are part of Catholic Charities. The charities has limited funding for preventing utility turnoffs, funds can assist with preventing evictions, and can offer prescriptions and mortgage/housing assistance. A food pantry is also run on most of the sites too. More on Baltimore Catholic Charity assistance programs.

Emergency rent and energy assistance - Your local district office or social service agency in Baltimore will administer an emergency cash assistance program. Funds can be provided to low income individuals who have applied for all other resources, and who have no options left to them. More on Baltimore emergency assistance.

Payment plans for water bills - Options exist for low income customers who are faced with a shut off or disconnection of their water service. Payments plans and direct financial aid may be provided to qualified families. Read more on assistance for water bills in Baltimore.

Friendship Outreach Center, which is located in Parkville Maryland and can be reached at (410) 444-1595, can provide up to $50 to pay utility bills and rent. Other assistance programs offered include clothing, food pantry, and GED classes.





Homeless Prevention is available from the Division of Neighborhood Improvement as well as DSS. They mostly offer this in partnership with local non-profits. Not only may rehousing be used to move a family, but there is help for the low income, veterans, single moms, and others. The eviction may be prevented using grants, legal aid, loans, and other help. Read Baltimore homeless prevention.

American Legion National Headquarters provides financial assistance (such as rent, groceries, and utility help) to Veterans with school aged children living in the home. Case managers can also help veterans apply for government benefits. 101 North Gay Street, Baltimore Maryland, 21202. 410-752-3104.

Transitional housing - There are units across the county for the homeless and very low income. If a resident is not qualified, then emergency shelters may be another option for residents. The goal is to provide lodging to the less fortunate. Read more Baltimore short term housing and homeless shelters.

Free back to school supply giveaways help students in all grades. Books, free clothes or uniforms, electronics, personal toiletries and other goods are offered. The goal is to help students, no matter their income, prepare for the year. Find Baltimore free back to school supply assistance.

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center offers resources to parts of the county. People facing homeless can look into eviction prevention and rent assistance. The currently homeless can access shelter, transitional housing, and emergency units. Many programs and advise offered focus on creating individualized plans intended to help residents achieve a permanent resolution to their housing crisis. The non-profit may also distribute cleaning supplies, food items, personal hygiene goods and more to the poor. 6700 Freetown Road, Columbia MD, 21044, 410-531-6677

Baltimore County Department of Community and Housing Development coordinates housing programs from 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 2120. The organization administers benefits such as a rental subsidy to eligible participants for up section 8 vouchers, also officially called Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. Call 410-887-8383

County Community Assistance Network - The agency, known as CAN, offers job placement, emergency financial aid for rental, utility bills, and security deposits costs, and free food, among other programs. The non-profit takes part in the Fuel Fund of Baltimore and also operates emergency shelter. Free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and toys may be provided too. Other aid includes funds to stop an eviction as well as an After School program for children and budgeting classes. Read more Baltimore County Community Assistance Network.

Better Bedrest, Inc. offers referrals to community resources, including government aid. For moms facing bead rest, the agency may offer an emergency grant to pay a small bill including rent, utility, or medical bills. Savage Maryland based. 410-740-7662.

CAN provides details on immediate rent assistance in Ellicott City, Dundalk, Towson, Woodlawn, Catonsville, and Essex MD as well as the county. Tenants will get help with an eviction, money to help pay a deposit or utility costs and other bills. The RAP program is also an option form single moms, and dial 410-285-4674

Baltimore County Department of Aging can help seniors ages 60 and older and those with disabilities. Resources provide case management, information and referral, income tax assistance, transportation and recreational opportunities to the elderly and their spouses. Volunteers arrange transportation to medical appointments, shopping and other destinations in Baltimore County.

  • They also offer the Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program and home delivered meals. Limited financial aid may be paid out for bills in a crisis. 611 Central Avenue, Towson MD, 21204, 410-887-2594. More on Baltimore County Department of Aging.

If the office can’t provide the services needed, there are other state of Maryland and federal programs available. Staff will provide both senior citizens or their caregivers with assistance for their situation. More on Maryland senior assistance.

Dundalk United Methodist Church, Food for the Spirit may offer financial assistance for paying BGE energy bills or rent. This is limited to those living in the 21222 zip code. A soup kitchen is also administered, and this is available for the wider region. 6903 Mornington Road, Dundalk MD, 21222, 410-284-4818

Free holiday assistance is widely available. While resources are limited, income qualified families in Baltimore County can receive a wide range of assistance. This includes food, meals, toys for children, and much more. Continue with free holiday assistance programs in Baltimore.







Free basic needs such as furniture, school supplies or clothing can be met by non-profits and charities. Several regional clothing banks, thrift stores, and other organizations support children, the working poor, and low income in Baltimore County. Receive items such as work clothing or uniforms, school supplies, Christmas assistance, winter coats, and just general clothing type items. Some items are offered at no cost. Click details on free furniture, school supplies and clothes Baltimore County.

Ahavas Yisrael only supports Jewish residents of Baltimore County. Financial assistance is offered on a case by case basis for basic needs. The organization will pass out free food vouchers to the Seven Mile Market (Kosher) grocery store. Telephone 410-764-6020.

Low income legal assistance is available in the county. Relying on federal funding and volunteers, the firms can help by offering free advice, guidance, and support. The goal is on ensuring people of all backgrounds have representation when it comes to civil matters, ranging from Long-Term Care Assistance to employer disputes and preventing evictions. More on free legal consultations in Baltimore.

Park West Health System, Hidden Garden Program runs programs for persons with HIV and/or substance abuse issues. This includes ongoing medical care services, medications for uninsured or underinsured patients, counseling, and short term transitional housing to adults who are HIV+. Funds for utility bills and rent may be issued too for Baltimore County residents. 410-542-7800

Morning Star Baptist Church only supports qualified low income and poor residents in the 21228 zip code. This includes free GED instruction for those in need of preparation assistance. Assists individuals and families, when funds are available, to prevent an eviction or pay their Baltimore Gas and Electric bills, if they have a disconnection. 154 Winters Lane, Catonsville Maryland, 21228, telephone 410-747-3417

Southwest Emergency Services supports parts of the city and the county, including the 21227 zip code. Call to inquire about food, emergency financial assistance, clothing, furniture and holiday/Christmas assistance to residents of the region. As funding allows provides up to $200 per family for mortgage foreclosures, prevention of eviction, water bill, utility turn-offs, heating oil, prescription medications and medical services/bills. They also give free stuff to the low income.

Other items include food, furniture and household goods, and an on site thrift store. The center sells gently used clothing, coats, and more for men, women, and children at a minimal cost. The location assists families with back to school items. Around Christmas, the location provides free food baskets, meals, gifts and toys to anyone in need, especially children from low income families. 1201 Maple Avenue, Baltimore Maryland, 21227-2639, call 410-247-8154.





Baltimore County programs that may also provide help to all Maryland residents

The programs listed below can provide financial assistance and support to both Baltimore County residents as well as the entire state of Maryland.


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