St. Mary's County has an agency known as DSS, which provides Emergency Assistance to families with children. The agency provides emergency cash assistance (a one time grant) to families with children. It will assist them with dealing with court-ordered evictions, utility cutoffs, mortgage foreclosures, funds for paying water bills and burial assistance aid. Dial (301) 737-2870.
Another Lexington Park and St. Mary's Maryland agency is Zion United Methodist Church. This charity runs a food pantry. They also provides cash grants and limited financial assistance for paying for rent, utility and heating bills, water bills, and vouchers for prescription medications. There are some criteria to receiving help from the agency. Phone number (301) 863-5161.
In addition to the programs below, St Mary branch of Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee (SMTCCAC) also oversees Head Start and transportation services for the elderly. The non-profit may also have referrals to resources such as emergency rent assistance, low income apartments, or no interest loans. Other aid may include SNAP food stamp applications or information on local pantries. More on Tri-County Community of southern Maryland.
Rent help, HUD approved counseling, and mortgage help
Contact the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc. at (301) 274-4474 for a variety of housing programs.
Foreclosure counseling - The community action agency is a HUD approved Foreclosure Prevention Counseling. They can help Maryland homeowners prevent a foreclosure and save their home, and can refer people to the Maryland pro-bono foreclosure program. They also offer Rental and Homeless Prevention Counseling Assistance.
Utility bill help - They administer the Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs. Among the different programs offered include the The TRI-COUNTY FUEL FUND, the ELECTRIC UNIVERSAL SERVICE, and the MARYLAND ENERGY ASSISTANCE. All of these programs offer cash grants, information on federal government assistance programs, and other ways to get help with heating and energy bills.