Energy Assistance provides financial support to income-eligible households to help you stay warm and connected. This is a year-round program, and you don’t need to have a crisis to qualify. You may apply at any time, but you may only receive benefits once each year. You must reapply each fiscal year (July-June). 

There are four types of Energy Programs:

MEAP

The Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) provides grants to assist with home heating bills. Payments are made to fuel suppliers and utility companies on behalf of the customer.

EUSP

The Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) provides financial assistance with electric bills. Eligible customers receive help that pays a portion of their current electric bills. Customers who receive EUSP are placed on a budget billing plan with their utility company. Budget Billing is a tool that utility companies provide to help spread out year annual utility bills into even monthly payments to avoid spikes in your bill caused by seasonal fluctuations in energy use.

Arrearage

Arrearage Retirement Assistance helps customers with large, past due electric and gas bills. If eligible, customers may receive a grant for up to $2,000 towards their past due bill. Customers must have a past due bill of $300 or greater to be considered eligible. Customers may only receive an arrearage grant once every five years, with certain exceptions. Arrearage grants received between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 will not count towards the five-year limitation.

USPP

The Utility Service Protection Program (USPP) is designed to protect low-income families from utility turn-offs during the heating season. All MEAP eligible customers may participate in USPP. Participation also requires a year-round even monthly budget billing. Failure to make consecutive payments may result in removal from USPP.

Who is eligible for assistance?

In addition to the income eligibility requirements, renters, homeowners, residents of public housing, sub-metered homes (where you pay another company, not the utility directly), Roomers/Boarders are also all eligible for Energy Assistance grants.

For additional information on eligibility and qualifications, as well as application instructions, click here.

 

Applications may also be dropped off at these locations:

Wicomico County

500 Snow Hill Road
Salisbury, MD 21804
410-341-9634

Somerset County

12409 Loretta Road
Princess Anne, MD 21853
410-651-1805

Worcester County

6352 Worcester Highway
Newark, MD 21841
410-632-2075

 

Income Eligibility Limits

Effective July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022

(Based on 175% of the Federal Poverty Level)

For Households with one or more members 67 years of age or older at the time of application.
Household Size
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
1
$2,147
2
$2,903
3
$3,660
4
$4,417
5
$5,173
6
$5,930
7
$6,687
8
$7,443
For each additional person, add:
$757
For Households with one or more members 67 years of age or older at the time of application.
Household Size
1
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$2,147
Household Size
2
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$2,903
Household Size
3
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$3,660
Household Size
4
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$4,417
Household Size
5
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$5,173
Household Size
6
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$5,930
Household Size
7
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$6,687
Household Size
8
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$7,443
Household Size
For each additional person, add:
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$757
For Households with NO members 67 years of age or older at the time of application.
Household Size
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
1
$1,878
2
$2,540
3
$3,203
4
$3,865
5
$4,527
6
$5,189
7
$5,851
8
$6,513
For each additional person, add
$662
For Households with NO members 67 years of age or older at the time of application.
Household Size
1
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$1,878
Household Size
2
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$2,540
Household Size
3
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$3,203
Household Size
4
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$3,865
Household Size
5
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$4,527
Household Size
6
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$5,189
Household Size
7
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$5,851
Household Size
8
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$6,513
Household Size
For each additional person, add
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Standards
$662

(source: DHR Office of Home Energy Programs)

For additional information on our Energy Assistance Program, contact Keith White at kwhite@shoreup.org, or call 410-749-1142 x1988.