FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: The program provides temporary financial assistance to veterans who will be self-reliant after receiving assistance. The program cannot address chronic issues. An application review committee approves or denies all qualified applications. The committee meets, on average, once every 4-6 weeks. The program is mostly used for assistance with rent/mortgage and utilities but can also be used for car repairs or childcare on a case-by-case basis. The trust cannot assist with: taxes, child support, speeding tickets, legal fees, payday and interpersonal loans, credit card debt, home repairs, food, appliances, and vehicle purchases. Additionally, the trust does not locate housing for veterans.
Agency: Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
Intake and Eligibility: All applicants must be Maryland residents for at least 24 months at the time of application; must be eligible for burial in a Maryland State Veterans Cemetery; must have an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions; Applicant income may not exceed 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a single veteran 200% is $23,760. USDVA benefits, Social Security, and Social Security Disability count as income; Widows and widowers may apply as long as they have the discharge of the deceased veteran and a certificate of death