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Calvert County assistance programs.

Programs and resources that provide help with bills

The Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee provides a variety of services and resources that can help people through today’s difficult times, and also provide them with the resources to get on their feet over the long term and gain long term self sufficient. Some of the programs offered include those listed below. However, contact them to learn more about their resources, as this is not an all inclusive list.

Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) - There are a variety of programs that help low and moderate income households pay for their heating bills, save on their energy and heating bills, and minimize heating crises. They are :

  • The MARYLAND ENERGY ASSISTANCE (MEAP) program, which provides assistance with paying for home heating bills. In addition, limited assistance is available to replace broken or inefficient furnaces and even refrigerators.
  • The TRI-COUNTY FUEL FUND (TCFF) is a matching dollar program that will help with home heating expenses. Funds are provided primarily through Project Match, which is a program sponsored by SMECO. Get other utility assistance in Maryland.
  • The UTILITY SERVICE PROTECTION (USPP) will protect low-income individuals and families from having their utility service cutoff, and it also allows MEAP eligible families to enter into a year-round even payment program with their utility company. The payment plan will help a family budget, as the payment plan is based on the estimated cost of the customer's average utility bill usage minus the MEAP assistance.




  • The ELECTRIC UNIVERSAL SERVICE (EUSP) - this is a year-round Maryland state program that was initiated to assist low and moderate income electric customers with paying for their electric bills. The help may be provided in three different ways, including:
    • 1. Money and grants to pay for current electric bills;
      2. Funds can be used to pay past due electric bills that were owed before July 1, 2000
      3. To help pay for and address energy efficiency measures that can help a family save on their energy and heating bills.

Career Training School - Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Training - This job training program will provide individuals a marketable job skill and increased earning potential by gaining this skill.





The agency, known as SMTCCAC, administers other services in Prince Frederick. There is assistance such as child education, information on government grant programs for paying back rent, foreclosure counseling, and more. They can also offer details on the application process in Calvert County for government benefits such as SSI disability, SNAP food stamps, and rental subsidies from Section 8.

You can contact Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action at 301-274-4474 for more information on their programs or to apply for aid. Or read more.

Social services from regional Salvation Army centers can cover Calvert County as well. While there is not one location dedicated strictly to the region, families that are struggling and/or low income have some options in the region.

The Social Services are wide ranging and extensive. During the winter there may be money to pay heating bills or Christmas toys from Angel Tree. Or in some cases some loans may be issued for paying bills or rent. Prince Frederick families can also use a food pantry, get clothing, and of course referrals/case management. Read more Prince Frederick and Calvert County Salvation Army.




By Jon McNamara

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