Energy Assistance

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Lowering Energy Bills & Keeping the Lights On

Energy Assistance

Community Action Council of Howard County provides utility assistance to households in imminent danger of utility cut-off in partnership with the Fuel Fund of Maryland, BGE, Office of Home Energy Programs and others.

Energy Application

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Eligibility Requirements

INCOME ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS FOR 2016-2017 for MEAP, EUSP, WEATHERIZATION and OHEP (Office of Home Energy Programs)

Household Size Maximum Monthly Income Standard Maximum Yearly Income Standards
1 $1,733 $20,790
2 $2,336 $28,035
3 $2,940 $35,280
4 $3,544 $42,525
5 $4,148 $49,770
6 $4,751 $57,015

INCOME ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS THROUGH JUNE 20, 2017 FOR FUEL FUND

Household Size Maximum Monthly Income Standard Maximum Yearly Income Standards
1 $1,980 $23,760
2 $2,670 $32,040
3 $3,360 $40,320
4 $4,050 $48,600
5 $4,740 $56,880
6 $5,430 $65,160

How to Apply

CAC serves Howard County residents (except those in the 20723, 20763 and 20759 zip codes) at the Gateway location: 6751 Gateway Dr, 2nd floor, Columbia MD 21046.

CAC serves people in the 20723, 20763, and 20759 zip codes at the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center: 9900 Washington Blvd, Laurel, MD 20723. Call ahead with questions: 410-313-0223.

Please fill out the items listed in the below “Energy Assistance Application” and bring to either the Gateway Building or Multiservice Center based on your zipcode.

What to Bring

The following documents are required in order to have your Energy Assistance Application processed:

Energy Assistance Packet, click here.

What to expect when you apply, click here.

Please read the attached Disclaimer, click here.

Help us better serve you by providing all necessary documents at time of application. To check the status of your application, go to:
https://myohepstatus.org

Weatherization

Community Action Council of Howard County assists low to moderate income homeowners and renters permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.  Services are based on an energy audit and typically include installing insulation, reducing air infiltration, sealing and repairing ducts, and tuning and repairing heating and cooling units.  In selected cases, replacement of furnace, refrigerator or freezer may be possible. On average, weatherization reduces energy costs by $437 per year.

Energy Application

Eligibility Requirements

Owner applicants must be income eligible and able to prove ownership of the housing unit. For rental units, landlords must prove ownership, sign a written agreement permitting the improvements to be done and not increase rent to income-qualified families for a specified period of time. Priority is given to residents who are elderly, disabled, have families with young children and have the highest electric burden.

2016-17 LOW INCOME EMPOWER ELIGIBILITY FOR HOWARD COUNTY WEATHERIZATION

Family Size Monthly Income Annualized Income
1 $1,980 $23,760
2 $2,670 $32,040
3 $3,360 $40,320
4 $4,041 $48,600
5 $4,740 $56,880
6 $5,430 $65,160
7 $6,121 $73,460
8 $6,815 $81,780
Each additional person add $693 $8,320

2016 MODERATE INCOME MEA ELIGIBILITY FOR WEATHERIZATION
(Howard County, and additional select counties in Maryland. Please contact Weatherization for details)

Family Size Monthly Income Annualized Income
1 $4,383 $52,600
2 $5,016 $60,200
3 $5,637 $67,650
4 $6,262 $75,150
5 $6,766 $81,200
6 $7,266 $87,200
7 $7,770 $93,250
8 $8,266 $99,200

How to Apply

Weatherization services are available for low-income households in Howard, Montgomery and Wicomico Counties. Applications can be completed at either the Columbia location or the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center and may also be returned by mail. Please call 410-313-6440 to have an application mailed to you.

If you are NOT applying for energy assistance, then indicate that you are only applying for weatherization assistance.

Income eligibility for weatherization is higher than for energy assistance. Service priority is given to households with high electrical usage, a disabled member, senior or small children.

Energy Crisis Intervention: During peak heating months from November 1 to March 31, the repair or replacement of heating appliance is swiftly addressed by referrals from the local OHEP offices. Income eligibility for this program is at 175% or below OMB poverty level.

What to Bring (or Return) with Your Application

  • Picture Identification for applicant
  • Proof of ownership (copy of mortgage or most recent tax bill)
  • Social Security cards for all members of the household, including children
  • Proof of all your household’s total gross income for 30 days prior to date of application
  • Pay Stubs (1 if paid monthly, 2 if paid twice a month, 4 if paid weekly)
  • Social Security, SSI or Pension Award Letter.
  • The name of your home energy supplier and account number
  • A copy of your most recent utility bill.