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  • Dorchester County Department of Social Services, Office of Home Energy Programs

    Agency: Dorchester County Department of Social Services

    OVERVIEW: Provides assistance to eligible Dorchester County families, homeowners and renters with the cost of heating in the winter and electric bills. The program is available from July 1st to June 30th.

    1) Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP): Provides assistance grants to help with home heating bills. Payments are made o the fuel supplier and utility company on the clients behalf. Residents may qualify for OHEP if they are: 

    2) 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. Also provides referrals for energy efficiency measures to reduce future electric bills.

    3) WEATHERIZATION: Offers assistance when funds are available for clients to be referred to the weatherization office for furnace repair, replacement and/or other weatherization procedures.

    MEAP income eligibility

    ELIGIBILITY EFFECTIVE: July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021
    GROSS INCOME                  
                    Monthly              Annually
    1            $1,861.00           $22,332.00
    2            $2,515.00           $30,180.00
    3            $3,168.00           $38,016.00
    4            $3,821.00           $45,852.00
    5            $4,475.00           $53,700.00
    6            $5,128.00           $61,536.00
    7            $5,781.00           $69,732.00
    8            $6,435.00           $77,220.00

    FOR EACH ADDITIONAL PERSON, ADD $654 monthly; $7,848 annually

    APPLICATION: Need to submit a copy of photo identity, proof of residence, copies of Social Security cards for all household members (including children), proof of household's total gross income for 30 days prior to application date (from all sources), name of home energy supplier and account number, a copy of the most recent utility bill and a copy of the lease (if renting). To check the status of an application, clients can go to

    Agency: Dorchester County Department of Social Services

    Languages Available: Accommodations possible.

    Payment Description: None.

    Intake and Eligibility: See notes.

    Areas Served:
    • Dorchester County

    - Weatherization Programs
    - Appliances

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