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Hagerstown assistance programs.

Utility bill assistance and other financial aid

Hundreds of Hagerstown Maryland residents who are currently on the city’s list to have their electricity shut off can receive utility bill assistance. The Washington County Community Action Council said they have thousands of dollars in free grants to disburse to residents who qualify for aid.

Families in need can apply at the Community Action Council (call (301) 797-4161), which is located at the corner of Summit Avenue and West Antietam Street in Hagerstown. People who are in need of help with paying utility bills can receive up to $500 of assistance for their bills, according to the assistance program guidelines.

In order to be eligible for utility bill relief, people must be a Hagerstown Maryland resident and also provide evidence of need, such as job loss, an unexpected medical bill, or reduction of hours at work that lead to a loss of income.

The leading local government agency is the Washington County Department of Social Services. One service they offer is the Temporary Cash Assistance. This will provide temporary assistance and cash grants for children in need of help and it can also offer aid to their parents or caretaker. In order to receive cash assistance, parents or caretaker or their guardian must find employment within two years of receipt of benefits. Two of the other main programs include:

Emergency Assistance to Families with Children (EAFC). This program may be able to provides financial assistance to lower income and working poor families with children to resolve specific emergencies such as a shortage of food, eviction, foreclosure, rent help or utility cutoffs. The DSS agency also provides assistance with paying water bills only if bill is in customer's name and there is a cutoff notice that the local resident of Hagerstown has received.

The second main program is the Welfare Avoidance Grants (WAG). The resource offers limited cash assistance and grants to families with children for needs related to obtaining or maintaining employment such as clothes, job-related equipment, and/or vehicle repairs.

A third offering is energy and heating bill help. They are one of the leading advocates of the LIHEAP program, and they also work closely with energy companies in Maryland. So they can refer individuals to Maryland heating bill assistance programs.

Call the Washington County Department of Social Services in Hagerstown Maryland at 240-420-2100 to learn more on these or other programs, or to apply for help.




By Jon McNamara

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