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Baltimore emergency assistance.

Families with children who are faced with a hardship can apply for Emergency Assistance (EA) in Baltimore. The program provides cash assistance in a very limited number of situations, and aid provided is focused on families with children. There are only a limited number of expenses that can be paid for, including housing and utilities, and only certain types of bills may be covered. Get more information on the resources available below as well as what is covered.

While each local jurisdiction across Baltimore determines the type of emergencies that are paid for and covered, and they determine the amount of cash assistance provided, you will only be able to get exact details at your local District Office. Some of the emergencies that are usually paid for include, but are not limited to:

  • Housing expenses, such as rent assistance, eviction prevention, and mortgages and foreclosures.
  • Moving costs - Get help with paying security deposits, relocation, and moving expenses.
  • Utilities – Funds can pay everything from electric and heating bills to water bills. All of these funds are meant to prevent disconnections.

Funds are only available to Baltimore families at most once a year, and there is no lifetime limit to applying. Some of the programs can be applied for online, however before receiving cash all Emergency Assistance applications require a face-to-face interview and consultation with a case manager.

Benefit payments from the government are paid directly to vendors. For example, money is offered directly to your landlord or utility company, and cash is not paid to the applicant. In most cases checks are mailed so you need to plan in advance and build in time for prearrangement.

There are various eligibility requirements for the Baltimore emergency assistance program. Grants and funds are available only to full time residents of Baltimore County. For first time applicants and people who reapply, financial eligibility will be determined by measuring the household income as well as the available resources of the family or individual applying against their regular paid living expenses. Applications need to be made for this emergency assistance program, even if the applicant is a current recipient of assistance. The amount provided to the applicant varies based upon the need they have, as well as program funding.




Application process for Emergency Assistance

To get more information or to apply for help, call your local District Office or dial Baltimore City Department of Social Services at 443-378-4700. Also please keep in mind these criteria that need to be met.

The family applying for help must have one or more children under 21 years of age living with them.

An applicant must have verifiable documentation of the emergency situation they are faced with, copies of all related bills or expenses or eviction letters, and a plan to meet future expenses. So people need to get back on track with paying their rent or bills in the near future.

Staff from the Emergency Assistance staff in Baltimore will review the families situation to determine who needs emergency help with bills.

If applying for rental assistance, the family needs to present proof that they are behind on paying their monthly rent or housing expenses, and they need proof showing they have been or will be evicted.

The applicant and their family applying for Emergency Assistance in Baltimore must be without resources or enough cash to meet the emergency need themselves.

The applying family must present the notice from the utility or energy company that services have been/will be cut off.

When you are applying for help, all of your assets and household income will be counted towards your resources. The only exceptions are Income and assets of SSI recipient, Income and assets of TCA recipient, as well as any Foster Care and Subsidized Adoption Payments that the applicant may be receiving.


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