Prince George County public assistance.

Several government and public assistance resources in Prince George County Maryland can help residents meet a variety of needs. Low income, unemployed, seniors, and disabled can apply for programs ranging from free medical, emergency financial and cash assistance, food, and funds for paying energy bills. The amount and nature of social services available in Prince George are extensive. Dial (301)909-7025, or get more information below.

The county government offers Emergency Assistance from the Department of Social Services. Prince George realizes that everyone experiences a hardship or an emergency at one time or another and just needs a little bit of help during that time frame. Emergency aid is offered for residents with dependent children under the age of 21 who are faced with an immediate crisis or emergency situation. The county’s Emergency Assistance program may cover and help pay for a number of needs, including housing, food, and medical. Public aid is provided for, but is not limited to, delinquent water bills, eviction notices, rent help, mortgage foreclosures, and funds for gas and electric turn-off notices.

Temporary Cash Assistance Program – The primary objective is to help low-income and struggling families and individuals who are currently living in Prince George’s County move to income independence. So Temporary Cash Assistance is offered for paying for basic needs. Funds are targeted at those needy families with dependent children when their available resources (either government or private) do not fully address the family's needs. However a key to this federal government funded program is to also prepare public cash assistance participants for independence through work. So get help finding a job and developing employment skills too.

The Food Supplement Program may be able to provide low income people with the social services and food they need for good health. This public assistance program was formerly known as food stamps. There are several conditions that need to be met by applicants, and certain families are given priority. They can include food for those who work for low wages, the unemployed, families that receive public assistance payments, the elderly and disabled, and people who have had a reduction in income. These are all primary recipients of the Prince George Food Supplement Program.





Other conditions can include the following. In the Food Supplement or Food Stamps Program, a household is normally considered as a group of people who live together and/or who also buy food and prepare meals together. The amount of food and groceries paid out will be determined by the applicant’s total household income and the amount of resources and assets that are available to them.

Prince George’s County Department of Social Services also runs a Medical Bill Assistance Program. The agency wants to ensure families and children stay healthy and have access to the health care they need. The county Medical Assistance Program helps families pay for their medical bills. Health care assistance can include payments for prescription costs, doctor's visits, exams, payment of Medicare premiums, and money for hospital bills.

Medical Assistance is prioritized for the disabled, elderly, disabled, and/or a child less than 21 years, or are part of a family with dependent children. Your income and total household resources will help determine eligibility for medical assistance. Also keep in mind that recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as well as other public aid like Temporary Cash Assistance are automatically eligible for Medical Assistance.

Residents who can receive public health care include those with a minor child or who are pregnant (0-21 years of age) and who has been living in the home for at least 6 months prior to the emergency. Applicants need to be actively engaged in a job search or need to be currently employed. They also need can’t have access to emergency assistance or medical care.





Child Care Subsidy Program, or Purchase of Care Program, can offer cash grants and financial assistance by paying childcare costs and bills to eligible working families. The program will issue vouchers to be used by qualified families in need of help with paying for the cost of child or day care. To receive this financial assistance, families will need to meet certain requirements that are established by Prince George. In addition to offering help with the cost of paying for childcare, families of the county can also receive help locating a licensed childcare provider. Most of these resources are run in partnership with the state of Maryland.

Financial assistance for child care is made available to Maryland residents who are working or in an approved job training program, or in school. Financial assistance may also be offered for those who receive Supplemental Security Income or Temporary Cash Assistance.

The Prince George County Department of Social Service office can also help people apply for the various Energy Assistance Programs that are in place to help low-income citizens make energy costs more affordable, help them pay their heating bills, and really in effect minimize a heating crisis. A comprehensive state of Maryland energy package can be offered to Prince George families, which includes the Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) as well as the Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP). Social services also has information and partnerships to the community action agencies and other non-profits in Price George. These various utility bill assistance programs promote energy conservation, customer financial responsibility and energy independence. EUSP helps eligible low-income customers with their electric bills and MEAP provides financial assistance with paying home heating bills.




By Jon McNamara

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