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Assistance programs Charles County Maryland.

Get information on how to get help with bills, rent, housing, free medical care, and other expenses in Charles County Maryland. Numerous non-profit charity organizations and other groups administer various assistance programs.

Emergency assistance programs for bills

Catholic Charities is one of the local Charles County charity organizations. They can be reached at 301-934-2582. This non profit agency provides help with bills, rent and housing, and offers other emergency assistance. They can helps people in need strengthen and rebuild their lives by caring for the poor and providing resources, sheltering the homeless and offering eviction assistance, and protecting the vulnerable, oppressed, and low income.

Another local organization is the Charles County Children's Aid Society, Inc. Phone 301-645-1561. This agency provides basic life necessities to families with children who live in Charles County. Services offered by the non-profit agency include assistance with heating bills, free food, clothing, shelter, utilities assistance, baby items, diapers, and school supplies.

Senior Services of Charles County, Inc. This agency improves the quality of life for senior citizens who live in Charles County through senior center programs, crisis programs and services as well as individual and emergency assistance. Call 301-934-5423 to speak to a counselor.

SMTCCAC, which is the local community action agency of La Plata and the county, offers several services and government benefits. They range from referrals to free food pantries to emergency rent grants or housing assistance. Also, low income families can explore Friendly Health Services and educational programs. Continue with Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee programs.

The Salvation Army in Charles County has both social services and a low cost Family Store that sells items. in addition, the charity will give case management, holiday help (free Christmas toys or meals), a homeless shelter and school supplies. A number of resources are out there. Get help with rent or energy bills, free food from a pantry, back to school backpacks or supplies, a hot meal and so much more. Continue with Salvation Army assistance programs in Charles County.




Medical clinics and health care

Contact Health Partners, Inc. This is a primary medial and dental provider. As a form of payment, the organization will accept Medicare, Maryland Medical Assistance or Medicaid for paying medical bills.  Uninsured patients must have proof of Charles County residence as well as proof of household income. If qualified, then they will be charged on a sliding fee scale. Phone number 301-645-3556. Click here for more free health care services.

Another option is the Greater Baden Medical Services, Inc. This is a Community Health Center, and the Greater Baden health care center provides primary health care to residents of Southern Maryland, regardless of their ability to pay for medical or hospital bills. A sliding fee scale is available to help low income-eligible clients with their health care costs. Call the clinic at 301-599-0460.

Energy bill programs

Several different options are offered by the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc. Phone (301) 274-4474.

  • The MARYLAND ENERGY ASSISTANCE (MEAP) - This program provides assistance and funds to used for help with paying home heating bills. Limited assistance and cash grants are available to replace broken or inefficient refrigerators and even furnaces.
  • The TRI-COUNTY FUEL FUND (TCFF) is another service that is a matching dollar program to assist with home heating costs and bills.
  • The UTILITY SERVICE PROTECTION (USPP) is another program that protects low-income families from utility and heating service cutoffs and disconnections. The program also allows MEAP eligible families to enter into a year-round even, or so called balance bill payment program with their utility company for their energy bills.
  • OHEP is a heating bill assistance program that helps low and moderate income Marylanders and Charles County residents pay their heating bills, minimize heating crises, and makes energy bills and expenses more affordable to low income families. Programs provided through the OHEP assistance program promote energy conservation, energy independence, and customer financial responsibility.

HUD approved counseling

A local HUD approved agency is the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc. This local non-profit provide qualified homeowners, and people looking to buy a home, with a wide variety of services as well as financial  resources. They offer foreclosure counseling well as low interest mortgage loans.





Some of the details of their services include First-Time Homebuyers Seminars, with individual and group counseling. The non-profit also helps tenants and homeowners by providing Rental and Homeless Prevention Counseling, Free Foreclosure Programs, and even Reverse Mortgage/Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) Programs. Call them at (301) 274-4474 for housing assistance. Learn about additional Maryland mortgage programs,

Free legal aid in Charles County Maryland

To speak to an attorney about a civil legal issue, call Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. Phone 301-932-6661. The firm is a private, non-profit law firm that provides free legal advice, representation and services in civil matters to both limited and low income and elderly adults. They also have several legal programs for neglected and abused children who live throughout Maryland.

By Jon McNamara














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