The Baltimore City Office of Home Energy Programs held an energy assistance fair for low-income residents on July 1-3 at Morgan State University.
Approximately 600 people each day applied for grants to reduce utility bills or avoid service interruption. Assistance was provided for gas and electric bills only.
The event was organized by the Mayor’s Office of Human Services Community Action Partnership (CAP), in partnership with BGE and the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR). CAP recently assumed responsibility for the Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP), a city program funded by the state.
OHEP previously held small expos at each of the community action centers and satellite offices, but this is the first time the program was offered in a centralized, one-stop environment, said Lori Cunningham, director of the Mayor’s Office of Human Services and Community Action Partnership.
“We wanted to ensure we are reaching all of the families and individuals in Baltimore City who need assistance paying their heating and electric bills,” Cunningham said. “This helped us get services to people as soon as possible and eliminate backlog.”
Residents who did not attend the fair may still get help for their utility bills through the Community Action Partnership by applying at one of their offices: Northwest Community Center, 3939 Reisterstown Rd.; Southeast Community Center, 3411 Bank St.; Eastern Community Action Center, 1400 E. Federal St.; Southern Community Action Center, 606 Cherry Hill Rd.; Northern Community Action Center, 5225 York Rd.
The OHEP main office at 2700 N. Charles Street will handle utility bill aid for a limited number of residents Monday through Thursday in July and August.
To qualify for energy assistance, residents are asked to bring the following documents when applying:
- State-issued ID – if no Baltimore City address is on the ID, it must be on the bill for which persons are seeking assistance;
- Social Security cards for the applicant and all members of the household, regardless of age;
- Proof of the last 30 days’ income for everyone who resides in the home;
- Copy of rental lease or agreement, receipts from last two month’s rent, or mortgage payment book;
- Actual energy bill(s).
For more information, call (410) 396-5555 or visit www.baltimorecity.gov, which has details about the Office of Home Energy Programs, income guidelines and other assistance programs offered by the city.
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