Housing Assistance In The Maryland Region

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Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Filed Under

Contact
10 N Calvert St
Baltimore, MD 21202
(301) 334-9431

Description
SERVICE: Provides temporary 6-month rental leasing assistance to families who are experiencing a financial set back. Must meet income guidelines. Maryland Rental Allowance Program Income Limits, 2012: Family size and gross monthly income:,

Eligibility
Resident, income limits.

Area Served
Baltimore City County

Maryland Foster Youth Resource

Filed Under

Contact
10 South St
Suite 304
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 856-1700

Description
Works with transitioning foster care youth or youth already out of the foster care system. Provides information and assistance helping youth prepare become self-sufficient. Also offers grants to possibly help with cost of living, a food and clothing closet, and a life skills curriculum.SERVICES:1) SAVE OUR FOSTER YOUTH (SOFY): Offers funds to assist youth with expenses such as food, gas and electric, rent, bus fare, furniture and possibly other household needs, on a case by case basis. Individuals are eligible for financial assistance once a year.2) FOSTER YOUTH INC (FYI): Teaches school aged foster youth about their rights and responsibilities while in foster care, and presents service and leadership opportunities for youth. Also educates the community about the foster care system, improvements recommended, and advocates for change.3) WALK-IN CLOSET: Provides donated items of non-perishable food items, diapers, baby clothing, casual and job interview clothing, shoes, and coats.4) PREP FOR SUCCESS LIFE SKILLS: Covers life skills topics that youth, 21-25 years old, will need to help them transition out of foster care.5) TRANSITIONAL HOUSING: Offers transitional housing up to 18 months through private landlords in the Baltimore area. This is a month to month agreement. Also provides wraparound services and provides in house therapy. Individuals must have a source of income, such as SSI, TCA, working, etc. For assistance with this program go to www.mfyrc.org, click on the About Us tab and select and complete the Client Intake Form. An Outreach Coordinator will contact the individual to schedule an appointment. Individuals can also call for assistance.6) VOLUNTEER SERVICE NAVIGATOR (VSN): Connects youth, ages 21- 25, with a seasoned adult to serve as a mentor, supporting and guiding youth with needed resources. Mentors work closely with MFYRC's Outreach Coordinator. Training is provided.7) EMPLOYMENT: Assists youth with career development by assessing skill sets, resume development, and interviewing skills. Works with community employers to provide information on job openings.For assistance with this program go towww.mfryc.org, click on the About Us tab and select and complete the Client Intake Form. An Outreach Coordinator will contact the individual to schedule an appointment. Individuals can also call for assistance.

Eligibility
Transitioning foster care youth or youth already out of the foster care system.

Area Served
Baltimore City County

Baltimore CASH Campaign

Filed Under

Contact
217 E Redwood St
Suite 201
Baltimore, MD 21202
(443) 692-9487

Description
Promotes the Earned Income Tax Credit through outreach and education, provides free tax assistance and coordinates an annual Money Power Day. SERVICES: 1) TAX PREPARATION 2012: CLOSEDOffers free tax preparation to single filers who made less than $25,000 or households who made less than $50,000 in 2011. Call 211MD Mon-Fri, 8AM-5PM to schedule an appointment or sign-up online at www.bmorefreetax.org. Offers additional financial resources including savings accounts, CD's and prepaid debit cards. US Savings bonds also available. *If a former client has received a letter from the IRS, Baltimore CASH would like to follow up with them. Please call Rob Bader at 410-234-2802. 2 sites: 1) 111 Water Street, Suite 201, 21202: Appointments only. Mon, Wed, Thur, 10AM-2PM; Sat, 9AM-2PM. 2) 3231 Belair Road, 21213: Appointments Tue, Wed, Thur, Noon-6PM; Sat, 9AM-2PM. Walk-ins welcome. NOT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. Can do complicated returns. Must bring the following: -- Valid photo ID for self and spouse.-- A Social Security card for EACH family member.-- W-2 forms for all jobs worked in 2011.-- Child care provider - name, address and tax ID number.-- All banking account information (a voided check and/or savings deposit slip). -- A copy of last year's tax return.-- Any document or information about money received from the IRS, including the advanced Child Tax Credit.-- All 1099 forms for other income, if any.-- Any other tax related documents.NOTE: Every adult listed on the tax form must come to sign the return.Will prepare the following,, 1040's (1040EZ, 1040A and 1040),, 1040 with Schedule A (Itemization),, Schedule B (Interest and Dividends),, Schedule C-EZ (Business Income with No Inventory, No Cash Accounting, No Expenses over $5,000),, EITC,, R (Credit for Elderly and Disabled),, Form 1040V (Payment Vouchers),, Form 1040ES (Individual Estimated Tax Payment),, Form 2441 (Child and Dependent Care Credit),, Form 8863 (Education Credits),, Form 8812 (Additional Child Tax Credit),, Maryland Forms Will NOT prepare the following,, Schedule C (Profit or Loss from a Business, Inventory Expenses over $5,000, Complicated Accounting like Accrual),, Schedule D Capital Gains (Selling Stock, will do some but not Complicated-over 3),, Schedule E (Rental Income),, Form SS-5 (Request for a Social Security Number),, Form 2106 (Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses),, Form 3903 (Moving Expenses),, Form 8606 (Non-deductible IRA),, Form 8615 (Tax for Children Under 14 with Investment Income) 2)EARNED INCOME CREDIT (EIC): A special tax credit for certain low-income workers. The credit is subtracted from the tax that is owed. o ELIGIBILITY:-- Employed persons who were raising one child in their home and have family income of less than $36,052 (or $41,123 for married workers) in 2011 can get EIC up to $3,094.-- Employed persons who were raising two or more children in their home and have family income of less than $40,964 (or $46,044 for married workers) in 2011 can get EIC up to $5,112. -- Employed persons who were raising three or more children in their home and have family income of less than $43,998 (or $49,078 for married workers) in 2011 can get EIC up to $5,751.-- Employed persons who are not raising children in their home, and who are between the ages of 25 and 64 on December 31, 2011 and had income below $13,660 (or $18,740 for married workers) can get EIC up to $464.o APPLICATION: For explanation of EIC or forms and publication information, call 800-829-3676. Schedule EIC must be attached to form 1040 or 1040A. The 1040EZ does not require the schedule EIC.3) MONEY POWER DAY: Coordinates annual Money Power Day, which will be held on 3/10/2012 at Baltimore City College High School, 33rd Street, 21218. Free tax preperation services will be available during this event. Call 211 to schedule. Bus lines: #3, 22, 36.4) INFORMATION & REFERRAL: Links families and individuals to asset building resources such as financial literacy classes, savings programs and mainstream banking opportunities. Educates workers about the financial dangers of refund anticipation loans, or RALs, which are sold by many commercial tax preparers and cause workers to give up significant portions of their tax refunds.5) BACK TAXES: Clients who need previous years taxes done for free should go to www.baltimorecashcampaign.org and schedule an appointment for June 25 at the Baltimore CASH site. If this date does not work appointments are available at Morgan State every Thurs, June 14-July 5 which can also be scheduled at www.baltimorecashcampaign.org. If these dates do not work other options include calling Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Services (MVLS) (free), University of MD (free), University of Baltimore Tax Clinic (free), Bon Secours (paid) or Tax Solutions (paid).6) ECONOMIC SECURITY INITIATIVE: Provides comprehensive economic case management and assistance to older adults, ages 55 and older. These services can include: taxpreparation, financial education, financial products, CASH coaches mentoring program, and credit/budget counseling. Call 410-234-8080.

Hours
Vary by site. Limited parking on the street but near public transportation hubs.

Eligibility
Open to Maryland residents.

Area Served
Baltimore City County

Baltimore City Office of Child Support Services

Filed Under

Contact
1 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201
(800) 332-6347

Description
Oversees and administers all state social services programs. SERVICES: 1) ADOPTION: Provides information on all aspects of adoption, especially children with special needs. Call 1-800-392-3678. 2) ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES: See separate listing for Adult Protective Services.3) CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES: Receives reports on any suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect. Call 1-800-332-6347. 4) CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT: Provides information regarding child support. Call 1-800-332-6347. 5) DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS: Receives complaints of discrimination because of race, color, age, sex, national origin, political beliefs, disability or religion. Call 1-800-332-6347. 6) FOSTER CARE: Provides information on all aspects of foster care, especially of children with special needs. Call 1-800-555-1345. 7) INDEPENDENCE CARD: Advises individuals to call local Department of Social Services (DSS) office. 1-800-332-6347. If you need to change your SNAP benefits information contact your case manager. The are able to change this information. If you live in Baltimore City you could also call: 410-244-3300. If you live in Baltimore County you could also call: 410-853-3077. 8) OFFICE OF HOME ENERGY PROGRAMS (OHEP): See separate listing for Office of Home Energy.ELIGIBILITY FOR MEAP and ELECTRIC UNIVERSAL SERVICE PROGRAM GRANTS: Maryland residents whose gross monthly household incomes are within the following limits, July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013: FAMILY SIZE GROSS MONTHLY INCOME MAXIMUM YEARLY 1 $ 1,628.95 $ 19,547.50 2 $ 2,206.45 $ 26,477.50 3 $ 2,783.95 $ 33,407.50 4 $ 3,361.45 $ 40,337.50 5 $ 3,938.95 $ 47,267.50 6 $ 4,516.45 $ 54, 197.50 Each additional person, add $ 577.50 $ 6,930.00 9) PRIMARY PREVENTION INITIATIVE (PPI): Answers questions about PPI, Maryland's program to promote preventive health care, immunizations, and school attendance for all TCA children. Call 1-800-332-6347.10) WELFARE FRAUD: Persons can report suspected welfare fraud in Maryland. Call 1-800-332-6347.11) PROJECT RETAIN: Strengthens job success for low wage workers by offering local support services and job retention activities. Helps employers keep workers on the job Call 1-800-332-6347. 12) MARYLAND OFFICE OF REFUGEES AND ASYLEES: See separate listing for Maryland Office of Refugees and Asylees. 13) SAIL QUESTIONS: Assists individuals with questions about the SAIL application by contacting DHR Constituent Services at 1-800-332-6347.

Eligibility
Varies with program.

Area Served
Baltimore City County


Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

Filed Under

Contact
110 W Fayette St
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 625-0775

Description
Provides resources for food, children and taxes to residents of Baltimore City. SERVICES: 1) SOUP KITCHEN: Provides hot lunches Mon-Fri, 11AM-12:30PM.2) EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE: Provides financial assistance with eviction (up to $1500) and utility cut-off notices (must be $1000 or below) to residents of zip codes 21230 and 21223. Call every other Monday (there is no way to determine which Mondays they will accept the calls). Must speak with a person to set-up an appointment. This is first come- first served. For assistance withutilities (no water) the client must first apply to MEAP. Must bring proof of residence, letter of determination from MEAP, proof of income, ID, social security card and cut-off/court papers. 3) EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY: Supplies emergency food to individuals and families who cannot afford groceries. Must have a food voucher from the Mt. Clare DSS office. Pantry is open Mon-Fri, 8-3:30PM. 1223 Pratt Street. 443-423-7800.4) SOCKS (Summer Outings and Camps for Kids): Conducts summer day programs for elementary school-age children.5) WOMEN'S AND MEN'S SUPPORT GROUP: Assists individuals in the neighborhood work through difficult problems. Women meet on Mondays at 9AM, and men meet on Wednesdays at 12:45PM.6) AA AND NA: Meetings are held on Sun 5-6PM.7) KID'S PLACE: Conducts a free Saturday recreational program for children aged 6-11. Includes supervised activities, games, storytelling, and arts and crafts. Mon-Fri, 2:30PM-6PM.8) CLOTHING BANK: Is open on Wed and Fri for women and Thurs for men. Guests can shop every two weeks for clothing and household items. There is no charge for any items. 11AM-12:15PM. Must bring picture ID.9) SHOWERS AND LAUNDRY: Showers Mon-Fri, 8:30-10:30AM and 12:45-2PM. Shower facilities, towels, washcloths, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste are available to individuals without access to showers or hot water Laundry service is available to those without access to a washer and dryer in exchange for one hour of volunteer service for each load of laundry. Individuals may have up to two loads of laundry washed per week.10) AFTER 3 SCHOOL PROGRAM: Provides middle school students, (grades 6th-8th), with an after school program. Mon-Thurs 3-6PM.11) NURSES' CLINIC: Provides basic health screening and referrals during lunch one day per week. The Health Department offers free HIV and STD testing one day per month. No appointment is needed, Wed 11AM.12) AMBASSADOR VOLUNTEERS PROGRAM: Volunteers perform duties at Paul's Place and in the community to learn job skills and respond to community needs while earning points toward essential bill payment. The Ambassador Volunteer Program is geared toward individuals who are recovering from addiction, seeking employment or returning to the work force, senior citizens, or on SSI. 13) HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE 2011: CLOSEDo THANKSGIVING: o CHRISTMAS: Offers holiday food baskets to residents of 21223 and 21230. Walk-in to sign-up, Mon-Fri, 9AM-3PM starting 10/21. Call before going to ensure that baskets are still available. No referral needed. Photo ID, proof of address required and proof of all people in the home (birth certificates, social security cards), serves zip codes 21230 and 21223 only. Speak with Jeana. 14) FUEL FUND: People can apply the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month. The bill must be under $700. Must bring turn-off notice, ID, OHEP certificate, most recent bill and proof of income. *Note:People have been known to start lining up around 5:30AM.15) LITERACY: Provides adult literacy classes and basic computer skills training. Call to see what is available.16) EXERCISE GROUP: Offers a weekly exercise group for adults, Thurs 9AM.

Hours
See notes for program hours.

Eligibility
Open to anyone.

Area Served
Baltimore City County

Baltimore City Health Department

Filed Under

Contact
1001 E Fayette St
15th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 396-2273

Description
Offers information on and referrals for financial aid, health care, housing, home repairs, insurance counseling, transportation, food, employment, legal services, adult day care and home care. Seasonal income tax assistance offered at some of the centers (see below).SERVICES:1) INFORMATION & REFERRAL (MAP): Provides information and assistance to seniors over 65 and adults over the age of 18 with a disability. 2) WATER BILL DISCOUNT: Offers assistance to apply for a discount program which entitles those to a 30% discount on water and sewer rates. For senior citizens, 65 and older who are city residents and whose household income does not exceed $25,000. 3) EMERGENCY FOOD: Provides case-by-case assessments for senior citizens who may be in need of emergency food. In some cases, groceries may be delivered to seniors in need of assistance. 4) **TAX ASSISTANCE 2012: CLOSED Updated in bold. All will begin beginning of February. For seniors (persons 55 and older) an persons with low to moderate income only. Applicants must bring:-- Valid photo ID for self and spouse-- A Social Security card for EACH family member.-- W-2 forms for all jobs worked in 2011.-- Child care provider - name, address and tax ID number.-- All banking account information (a voided check and/or savings deposit slip). -- A copy of last year's tax return.-- Any document or information about money received from the IRS, including the advanced Child Tax Credit.-- All 1099 forms for other income, if any.-- Any other tax related documents.NOTE: Every adult listed on the tax form must come to sign the return.LOCATIONS:1) Action in Maturity, 3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211. Call 410-889-7915. 2) Allen Center for Senior Citizens, 1404 South Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. Call 410-685-6224. Mon, Tue, Wed, and Fri, 8:30AM-3:30PM. TAX ASSISTANCE 2012: CLOSED. Offered 2/2-4/15, Wed, 10AM-2PM. Call 410-685-6224 to schedule an appointment. 3)Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore, MD 21225.,

Eligibility
Individuals 55 and older. See notes for individual programs.

Area Served
Baltimore City County

New Vision House of Hope

Filed Under

Contact
200 W Lexington St
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 466-8558

Description
OVERVIEW: Provides transitional housing, supportive services to Veterans including the permanent housing assessment, and shelter transportation for single women. - - SERVICES: - 1) TRANSITIONAL HOUSING: Provides transitional housing with supportive services that can include HIV case management, support groups and life skills training, and referrals to job training programs. Client can stay in transitional housing for 6 months-1 year. - - 2) SUPPORT SERVICES FOR VETERAN FAMILIES: Serves very low income Veterans (both individuals and Veterans and their families) who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Veterans must have an Honorable or General Discharge and have served at least one day in the military. Baltimore City residents only. - - o CASE MANAGEMENT: Provides case management services, referrals to permanent housing placements, assistance with obtaining benefits, transportation, job readiness and job placement assistance, etc. - - o TEMPORARY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Offers limited financial assistance to help Veterans remain in or obtain permanent housing. Can assist with rent (not mortgage), utilities, security or utility deposits, moving costs, transportation, or child care. Only participants receiving case management services will be eligible for financial assistance. - - 3) WOMEN’S OVERFLOW SHELTER AND TRANSPORTATION: Offers an overnight emergency shelter for 60 homeless single women. Women are only allowed to bring two bags. Transportation is provided to the shelter, 7 days/week. Women should begin arriving around 2:30PM and no later than 4:30PM, sign up with staff on premise, and the van pick-up will begin at 4PM. Located 601 East Chase Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 (corner of Greenmount Avenue and Chase Street). Nearest bus route is City Link Red (Greenmount Avenue and Eager Street Southbound).

Eligibility
Any homeless adult in need of transitional housing. Those with substance abuse issues welcome. Adults with children and women who are pregnant are not appropriate for this program. Supportive services are for Veterans and their family.

Documents Required
Call for information.

Area Served
Baltimore City County

South Baltimore Emergency Rlf

Filed Under

Contact
110 E West St
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 752-1336

Description
Provides financial assistance, a food pantry and a clothing closet to residents within the catchment area. SERVICES: 1) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Funds are available to assist with various emergency needs, including utilities (must have disconnect notice) and prescription medicine (James pharmacy only. No controlled substances). If the caller lives outside of the 21230 zip code they must obtain a referral and participate in a phone intake/screening. Referrals are accepted from: DSS or any human services agency which may include churches, hospitals, and schools. Will not accept a referral from CARES. Financial assistance is for individuals in Baltimore zipcodes 21223, 21225 and 21230. Do not help with water bills.2) FOOD PANTRY: Operates an emergency grocery program at 110 East West Street. A 3-day supply of canned goods is available on a monthly basis. Available to anyone in Baltimore City zipcodes except 21212, 21239 and 21218 (North of 33rd Street).3) CLOTHING: Offers used clothing on a first come first serve basis, for men, women and children. 4) DONATIONS: Accepts toiletries, baby items, non-perishable food, and paper products.

Hours
Or by appointment.

Eligibility
Anyone in need.

Area Served
Baltimore City County


Airs

Filed Under

Contact
1800 N Charles St
Suite 700
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 576-5070

Description
LOW-COST HOUSING: Provides permanent housing for adults throughout Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Supportive case management focuses on greater access to healthcare, substance abuse recovery, employability and income, with the goal of strengthening self-sufficiency Eligibility criteria: Homeless, very low income HIV+ individuals or other disability and their family members. For additional information about AIRS Adult Permanent Housing Program, please call Steven DaShiell, Program Manager at 410-576-5070, EX 36. b) Provides supportive housing through At The Door, for HIV+ ex-offenders leaving the prison system. The program provides residents with a continuum of care from transitional housing through self-sufficiency. Supportive case management focuses on access to healthcare, substance abuse recovery, education, employment and services activities that can successfully connect them to their community. Eligibility: Candidates for At The Door are HIV+ ex-offenders leaving the prison system and are homeless Baltimore City residents, with low- or no income and will no family or other support systems. One may apply through their case manager, if they are in the first 3 months of transitional housing post release, and meet all other criteria. Clients may apply directly to permanent housing component once income and identification documentation and a personal recovery plan are in place. c) City Steps: See separate listing for City Steps. d) Offers adult foster care facilities through the Don Miller Homes. Licensed to provide room, board, assistance, and supervision needed by adults with disabilities who are capable of living in the community, but are unable to live alone. AIRS staff provide a protective living environment in a homelike setting for ten individuals living with end-stage AIDS. Eligibility: Low income, HIV+ individuals referred through Maryland's Project Home. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, single, and referred through Project Home, Baltimore City Adult Services, 300 Metro Plaza, Baltimore, MD, 21215, 410-361-5000, (general number); 443-423-6629, (Intake).e) Provides rental assistance and housing throughout Baltimore City and County to HIV+ immigrant clients through theUn Nuevo Comienzo program.Eligibility: Low income, HIV+ individuals and family members with limited English proficiency. For additional information, please contact Daniel Munoz, Case Manager at 410-576-5070 EX 34.

Eligibility
Low-income individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS and/or a disability.

Area Served
Baltimore City County

Community Action Center

Filed Under

Contact
1500 N Spring St
Baltimore, MD 21213
(410) 545-0136

Description
OVERVIEW: The mission of the Baltimore City Community Action Partnership is to reduce poverty by offering opportunities for low-income households through education, financial empowerment, housing and energy services, food resources and capacity building. - - SERVICES: - 1) CASE MANAGEMENT: Involves the case manager, client and the client’s family in becoming more self-sufficient while addressing a multitude of needs and goals through various programs and partnerships. - - 2) EAT HEALTHY, SHOP SMART: Participants attend a five-week workshop to learn about healthy cooking, nutrition, budgeting, couponing, grocery shopping and physical activity. - - 3) MONEY SMART: Offers a multi-layered financial education program that includes workshops on asset development, budgeting, debt management, credit education and saving for short and long term goals. - - 4) HOMEOWNER/RENTER TAX CREDIT: Assists individuals with the homeowner and renter tax credit programs which are designed to help low-income homeowners and renters by limiting the amount that they must pay in property taxes. - - 5) EVICTION PREVENTION RAPID RE-HOUSING (EPRR): Works with clients to offer security deposits, rental assistance and rental arrearage assistance to individuals and families that are homeless, or at imminent risk of homelessness or losing housing. - - 6) BALTIMORE ENERGY INITIATIVE (BEI): Addresses energy conservation education and obstacles to weatherization, such as deteriorated and unsafe housing conditions, by coordinating energy services with the City, providing case management and integrating non-energy resources and programs with City, State, community and utility partners. - - 7) SENIOR WATER DISCOUNT: Homeowners and tenants (whose lease holds them responsible for paying the water bill), can apply each year for the discount if they meet the following criteria below. Those who qualify receive a 43% discount on their water and sewer rates on each quarterly bill. - - ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: - --The applicant must be age 65 or older and a Baltimore City resident receiving a water/sewer bill directly from the City. - --Have a combined gross household income must be $30,000 or less. - --Certify they’re the property owner-of-record with the MD Dpt of Assessments and Taxation, or provide a lease showing his/her responsibility for paying water/sewer charges at that property. - - 8) LOW INCOME WATER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIWAP): Provides assistance to those who may be having problems paying their water bills through LIWAP. To be eligible for LIWAP, you must: - --Be a Baltimore City resident, the utility account holder and receive your water bill directly from the City - --Reside at the property on the account - --Have received a delinquent, turn-off, or tax sale notice due to being in arrears - --Not have an existing payment plan with the Department of Finance - --Have verification documents for eligibility - - 9) UTILITY BILL PAYMENT ASSISTANCE: Provides assistance with applying for the Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) and the Electrical Universal Service Program (EUSP). - - -MARYLAND ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MEAP): Provides MEAP grants to eligible families, renters, roomers, boarders and homeowners toward the cost of heating in the winter and electricity year round. Grant is based on the type of fuel used, household size, household income and annual consumption. Limited assistance is available to replace broken or inefficient furnaces. Funds are usually available in Nov. - - -ELECTRICAL UNIVERSAL SERVICE PROGRAM (EUSP): Assists with electric utility bill payment. Client is required to have bill in his/her own name and be on a monthly budget billing plan. Some funds are available for a one time only benefit for past due bill payments. Funds are usually available in Aug. Eligible individuals may receive help to help pay current electric bills, pay past due electric bills, or help with energy efficiency measures to reduce future electric bills - - ELIGIBILITY FOR MEAP and ELECTRIC UNIVERSAL SERVICE PROGRAM GRANTS: Maryland residents whose gross monthly household incomes are within the following limits: - - ELIGIBILITY EFFECTIVE: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 - GROSS INCOME - Monthly Annually - 1 $1,770.00 $21,245.00 - 2 $2,400.00 $28,805.00 - 3 $3,030.00 $36,365.00 - 4 $3,660.00 $43,925.00 - 5 $4,290.00 $51,485.00 - 6 $4,920.00 $59,045.00 - FOR EACH ADDITIONAL PERSON, ADD $630 monthly; $7,560 annually - - APPLICATION: Must submit a copy of photo identification, proof of residence, copies of Social Security cards for all household members (including children), proof of household's total gross income (from all sources) for 30 days prior to application date, name of home energy supplier and account number, a copy of the most recent utility bill and a copy of the lease (if renting). - - ​Applicants can check the status of their submitted MEAP application by visiting https://www.myohepstatus.org/ - - 10) TAX PREPARATION 2018: Offers free tax preparation to individuals/families who made less than $54,000 in 2017. Call 211MD Mon-Fri, 8:30AM-8PM to schedule an appointment or sign-up online at https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1wmMa32Jvb3W37DtLEs8w_-XzOYA&ll=39.321700487451096%2C-76.6189145311447&z=12. Appointments available Wed, 6:30-7:30PM and Sat, 10AM-2PM, City residents only. - - Point of contact: Diane Jones - Must bring the following: - -- Proof of health insurance: If health insurance was purchased through the marketplace exchange/Maryland Health Connection, you MUST have the 1095 A form. If insurance is provided by the government such as Medicare or Medicaid, you can bring your card or the 1095 B, or if your employer provided insurance, the card or the 1095 C. If you have insurance through the government or through your employer and lost your card, during the appointment state that you have insurance and what type. - -- Valid photo ID for self and spouse. - -- A Social Security card for EACH family member. - -- W-2 forms for all jobs worked in 2017. - -- Child care provider - name, address and tax ID number. - -- All banking account information (a voided check and/or savings deposit slip). - -- A copy of last year's tax return. - -- Any document or information about money received from the IRS, including the advanced Child Tax Credit. - -- All 1099 forms for other income, if any. - -- Any other tax related documents. - - NOTE: Every adult listed on the tax form must come to sign the return. Once the return is prepared, if the participant owes federal and/or state taxes the CASH Campaign we will print out a voucher to mail to the IRS or State with the funds they owe. - - Will prepare the following - • 1040’s (1040EZ, 1040A and 1040) - • 1040 with Schedule A (Itemization) - • Schedule B (Interest and Dividends) - • Schedule C-EZ (Business Income with No Inventory, No Cash Accounting, No Expenses over $5,000) - • EITC - • R (Credit for Elderly and Disabled) - • Form 1040V (Payment Vouchers) - • Form 1040ES (Individual Estimated Tax Payment) - • Form 2441 (Child and Dependent Care Credit) - • Form 8863 (Education Credits) - • Form 8812 (Additional Child Tax Credit) - • Maryland Forms Will NOT prepare the following - • Schedule C (Profit or Loss from a Business, Inventory Expenses over $5,000, Complicated Accounting like Accrual) - • Schedule D Capital Gains (Selling Stock, will do some but not Complicated-over 3) - • Schedule E (Rental Income) - • Form SS-5 (Request for a Social Security Number) - • Form 2106 (Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses) - • Form 3903 (Moving Expenses) - • Form 8606 (Non-deductible IRA) - • Form 8615 (Tax for Children Under 14 with Investment Income)

Eligibility
Open to eligible Baltimore city residents.

Documents Required
Call for information. See notes for tax assistance.

Area Served
Baltimore City County