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

    Agency: Kent County Department of Social Services

    OVERVIEW: Provides 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.

    1) MARYLAND ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MEAP): Provides assistance grants to help with home heating bills. Payments are made to the  fuel supplier and utility company on clients behalf.

    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.

    3) FURNACES: 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

    If a caller is slightly over the Maximum Monthly Income Standards, lives on a fixed income, and has significant out of pocket medical expenses, they may still qualify for the programs by asking for a medical waiver. The OHEP worker would be able to assist them with this.

    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

    • 350 High Street
      Chestertown, MD 21620

    Agency: Kent County Department of Social Services

    Languages Available: Acholi, Armenian, French, Abenaki

    Payment Description: None.

    Intake and Eligibility: See notes.

    Areas Served:
    • Kent County

    - Weatherization Programs
    - Appliances

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