Federal funding is provided to the state of Maryland by the U.S. Government through large block grants and appropriations. The state then adds a mix of local revenue to this to provide a number of benefits and entitlements to its neediest residents. The safety net of support Maryland offers includes funding for food, utilities and health care for low-income families. In some cases, Marylanders can apply for and receive temporary cash assistance while looking for a new job or trying to support their family. Here is the type of help you can expect through state programs and where to turn for assistance in your time of need.
Food and Nutrition Programs
Maryland’s Food Supplement Program provides support to families struggling to keep food on their tables. To be eligible, you must be at or below 130% of federal poverty guidelines. Access to supplemental food is also available to pregnant women and families with children age 5 or under through the Women, Infants and Children Program. For school aged children, the Maryland State Department of Education provides various school and community nutrition programs including those that serve breakfast and lunch during the school year and a summer food service for these same kids when school is in recess. To apply for any of these school programs, contact your child’s school.
Help Paying Utility Bills and Weatherization Grants
Energy Assistance is available to Maryland households to help pay for electric bills and avoid disconnection of service when faced with unpaid balances. The same families that are eligible for this program can usually apply for and receive weatherization grants from the Department of Housing and Community Development. Households selected for weatherization will undergo energy efficiency upgrades such as the installation of proper insulation and repairs to hot water heaters and heating equipment that bring down the yearly cost of energy.
Applying for Health Care in Maryland
Maryland provides access to health care through Medicaid which covers pregnant women, disabled children and caretakers of children under 21. In addition to Medicaid, the state offers a children’s health program which covers children under 19 whose families income is at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines. This program attempts to ensure that children not covered by Medicaid still have access to suitable care and do not go without health insurance when parents cannot afford private insurance.
How to Receive Temporary Cash Assistance
State residents can receive cash assistance through two programs in Maryland. Welfare avoidance grants are provided to families who need temporary cash assistance through the state’s TANF program. Parents enrolled in the program also receive work training and placement services to improve their family’s economic situation. The other program that provides cash assistance is Unemployment Insurance. Those who have found themselves out of work through no fault of their own can apply for temporary payments while seeking a new job. You must be looking for work and available to start a job while receiving these unemployment benefits. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-827-4839.
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