Address:9900 Washington Blvd NLaurel, MD 20723Map & Directions
Services: SOCIAL SERVICES: One-stop shop for social services that are available to Howard County residents. Call and be directed to the appropriate agency. All agencies provide full services unless otherwise noted. 1) COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL: Services include eviction prevention, first month's rent, energy assistance, a food pantry and Head Start.Mon-Thur, 11AM-7PM; Fri, 8:30AM-4:30PM.ELIGIBILITY FOR MEAP and ELECTRIC UNIVERSAL SERVICE PROGRAM GRANTS: Maryland residents whose gross monthly household incomes are within the following limits, effective July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013GROSS INCOME Monthly Annually1 $1,628.95 $19,547.502 $2,206.45 $26,477.503 $2,783.95 $33,407.504 $3,361.45 $40,337.505 $3,938.95 $47,267.506 $4,516.45 $54,197.50FOR EACH ADDITIONAL PERSON, ADD $577.50; $6,930.002) DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES: Provides assistance to low-income families through the TCA grant SNAP and Medical Assistance.Wed, 9:30AM-6PM; Thur, 11AM-7PM3) DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:Provides services to families impacted by domestic violence: drop-in support groups and individual counselingavailable.Mon, 7-8:30PM drop-in support group; Tue, by appointment4) FAMILY & CHILDREN SERVICES:Provides case management services, counseling for individuals, couples and families. Also offers in-home assistance for the elderly or adults with disabilities on a sliding scale fee.Mon, Wed and Thur, 11AM-7PM5) FIRN:Foreign Born Information and Referral Network provides services to immigrants. Services include immigration counseling, interpreters, consumer counseling, adult and student literacy, job counseling and crisis counseling.Thur, Noon-7PM6) GRASSROOTS:Provides crisis intervention for families and individuals. Most services are follow-up services to families who made contact with Grassroots through the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, Mobile Crisis Team or backup counseling services for mental health agencies.Tue and Wed, 11AM-7PM7) LEGAL AID:Provides free legal services to low-income persons. Accepts cases in the area of family/domestic, housing, income maintenance (public benefits) and elder law and consumer/finance. Also provides specialized representation to vulnerable populations such as senior citizens, immigrant workers, nursing homes and assisted living residents.2nd and 4th Wed, 11AM-7PM8) WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT:Provides access to job databases for Howard County and the surrounding area. The agency assists with job searches, creating resumes and accessing the Columbia Workforce Center.Tue, 11:30AM-3:30PM9) SUPERVISED VISITATION: The center partners with the Howard County Circuit Court as the host site for the Supervised Visitation and Monitored Exchange program between parents and children living in the Howard County area. Fri, 4-7PM.10) PARENTS AS TEACHERS: Provides developmental screenings for children ages 0 to 5 and information concerning basic parenting skills, child development, and age-appropriate school readiness activities.Tue and Wed, 9AM-1PM by appointment
Hours: Individual offices days and times vary, see notes.
Eligibility: Residents of Howard County.
Address:308 Gorman AveLaurel, MD 20707Map & Directions
Services: Provides a,
Hours: Various, 7 days/week.
Eligibility: Open to anyone in need within the greater Laurel area.
Address:311 Laurel AveLaurel, MD 20707Map & Directions
Services: OVERVIEW: Provides crisis intervention services to homeless and low-income individuals and/or families who reside in the following Laurel zip codes: 20707, 20708, 20723, and 20724. - - SERVICES: - 1) EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE SERVICES: Provides advocacy, support and follow-up to individuals and families who are at risk for eviction or other housing-related crisis. Includes needs assessment and information & referral to appropriate community agencies. Must have an income (TCA/unemployment counts as income). - - 2) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Offers limited funds to assist with eviction prevention including: short-term financial assistance to prevent evictions and utility stoppage; assistance with security deposits and first month’s rent. Provides financial assistance in 20707, 20708, 20723, 20724 area codes . Utility Assistance: Can help to apply for MEAP. - - 3) FOOD PANTRY: Food for those in need. Diapers and formula occasionally. - - 4) INFORMATION AND REFERRAL: Offers referrals to resources not provided by Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services. LARS has limited funds to assist homeless clients with obtaining ID cards and birth certificates, prescriptions and other minor health expenses, drug treatment, and mental health needs. Limited vouchers for eyeglasses, hearing aids, clothing and furniture; referrals for shelter; and a food pantry which can be utilized by clients every 30 days based on area codes 20707, 20708, 20723, 20724. Also accepts monetary donations as well as new clothing, food, toys, shoes, toiletries, coats, gloves, scarves and hats all year long. - - 5) HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE: Food and gifts for families who qualify. Priority is given to families who have been served by LARS in the past year. Fills fast. Registration opens in late Oct. Also accepts monetary donations as well as new clothing, food, toys, shoes, toiletries, coats, gloves, scarves and hats. - - *NOTE: Eligibility varies by program, visit www.laureladvocacy.org/how-to-get-help for complete information.
Eligibility: Anyone in need living in the catchment 20707, 20708, 20723, 20724 area codes. Eligibility varies by program, visit www.laureladvocacy.org/how-to-get-help for complete information.
Documents To Bring: Photo ID for all adults, birth certificates for all children, social security cards for all (as applicable), and proof of Laurel residency.
Address:7125 Thomas Edison Dr #100Suite 100Columbia, MD 21046Map & Directions
Services: Offers incentives and helps BGE customers become more energy efficient through audits, rebates and energy saving tips.SERVICES:1) REBATES: Offers the Smart Energy Savers Program and Home Performance with Energy Star program for its residential customers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Rebates are available for Energy Star clothes washers, refrigerators, freezers, CFLs, HVAC, and building insulation. The appliance rebate application is located on the program website, and must be mailed in (accompanied by the sales receipt) within 60 days of equipment purchase date. Please consult program list of qualifying products for items before making purchase. The CFL rebates are given in the form of a marked-down price at participating retailers A list of participating retailers is located on the program website.2) LIMITED INCOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Offers free home energy audits and energy-saving home improvements to eligible single-family homeowners receiving MEAP.Qualifying households become eligible for installation of energy-saving products following a comprehensive home energy audit performed by an energy adviser.If eligible, this audit and any follow-up improvements are included in the current BGE service at no additional cost. The Energy Audit will include:
Eligibility: BGE customers. See notes for additional information.
Address:10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy # 400Suite 400Columbia, MD 21044Map & Directions
Services: provides information, scholarships and,
Eligibility: Individual residents and organizations of the Jewish community.
Address:6355 Woodside CtColumbia, MD 21046Map & Directions
Services: Provides services to adults with development,
Eligibility: Persons with psychiatric disabilities, head injuries, hearing impairment, and/or developmental disabilities.
Address:7121 Columbia Gateway DrColumbia, MD 21046Map & Directions
Services: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) is a program for disabled adults. It provides limited cash grants of $185 monthly for emergency needs such as rent, utility bills, prescription expenses, security deposits and medical bills.
Hours: The first Wednesday of each month DSS is open until 7PM for individuals with hardship that keeps them from coming during normal hours.
Eligibility: Low-income disabled adults. Visit: www.dhr.state.md.us
Address:5885 Robert Oliver PlColumbia, MD 21045Map & Directions
Services: An interfaith outreach that provides financial assistance, a food pantry, and a bi-weekly community meal to Howard County residents in need.SERVICES:1) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Go to Community Action First. Provides assistance to help prevent evictions, oil, propane and termination of utility services, depending on availability of funds. Will occasionally assist with prescriptions. Applicants should go to Community Action first. Individuals may request emergency funds once every 12 months and MUST supply an eviction notice or utility turn-off notice. Must be MEAP eligible.ELIGIBILITY FOR MEAP and ELECTRIC UNIVERSAL SERVICE PROGRAM GRANTS: Maryland residents whose gross monthly household incomes are within the following limits, effective July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013GROSS INCOME Monthly Annually1 $1,628.95 $19,547.502 $2,206.45 $26,477.503 $2,783.95 $33,407.504 $3,361.45 $40,337.505 $3,938.95 $47,267.506 $4,516.45 $54,197.50FOR EACH ADDITIONAL PERSON, ADD $577.50; $6,930.002) FOOD PANTRY: Provides food for those in need. Takes requests for food baskets, which will be available the next day. Food baskets contain non-perishable items such as canned fruits and vegetables, crackers, and rice. Small gift certificates occasionally available. Can onlyaccess once a month.3) INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY CENTER: Offers a homemade meal every other Thur evening at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. All are welcome.
Hours: Volunteers return calls on Mon & Wed, 10AM-2PM. Hospitality Center: Open every other Thurs.
Eligibility: Open to any resident with emergency needs. Must be drug/alcohol free for Hospitality Center.
Address:6751 Columbia Gateway Dr #226Columbia, MD 21046Map & Directions
Services: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Provides emergency financial assistance up to $600 for utility turn-off notices (electric, gas, oil bills), rent payment assistance (individuals must have already been to court and have a judgment against them). If residing in Section 8 or subsidized housing, will only pay 1 month of rent. Also, assists with burial assistance ( deceased individuals must have been a Howard County resident and must have been receiving either TCA or SSI; not eligible if they received Social Security), first month's rent for an individual or family moving into a new home (grants will be provided based on income and demonstrated need, and individuals must be a Howard County resident and must be able to demonstrate ability to continue to pay rent after assistance is provided), and will assess for other qualifying emergency needs. Does not assist with foreclosures.
Eligibility: Assists single adults, 18 and older, with utility turn-off notices, rent payment assistance. Assists individuals and families with burial assistance and first month's rent. Persons 18 years and older in need of assistance.
Documents To Bring: Call for information.
Address:10451 Twin Rivers Rd #100Columbia, MD 21044Map & Directions
Services: OVERVIEW: Offers a one-stop shop for social services that are available to Howard County residents. Call and be directed to the appropriate agency. All agencies provide full services unless otherwise noted. - - SERVICES: - 1) ACCESSIBLE RESOURCES FOR INDEPENDENCE (ARI): Provides services to enhance quality of life and strengthen support systems including accessibility adaptations, peer mentoring, advocacy, independent living skills training, transition services, information and referral, and more. Designed to help people with disabilities take part in and contribute to their communities. Offered the 2nd and 4th Wed of each month, 11AM-7PM. - - 2) COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL (CAC): Services include eviction prevention, first month's rent, energy assistance, and referrals to AMVET Thrift Store. Offered Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri, 8:30AM-4:30PM and Wed, 11AM-7PM. - - MEAP and EUSP Guidelines - ELIGIBILITY EFFECTIVE: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 - GROSS INCOME - Monthly Annually - 1 $1,770.00 $21,245.00 - 2 $2,400.00 $28,805.00 - 3 $3,030.00 $36,365.00 - 4 $3,660.00 $43,925.00 - 5 $4,290.00 $51,485.00 - 6 $4,920.00 $59,045.00 - FOR EACH ADDITIONAL PERSON, ADD $630 monthly; $7,560 annually - - APPLICATION: Must submit a copy of photo identification, proof of residence, copies of Social Security cards for all household members (including children), proof of household's total gross income (from all sources) for 30 days prior to application date, name of home energy supplier and account number, a copy of the most recent utility bill and a copy of the lease (if renting). - - 3) DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (DSS): Provides assistance to low-income families through the Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) grant, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medical Assistance (Medicaid/MA). Offered Tues, 8:30AM-4PM and Wed, 11AM-7PM. - - 4) FAMILY AND CHILDREN SERVICES (FCS): Provides case management services, counseling for individuals, couples and families. Offered Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri, 8:30AM-4:30PM and Wed, 11AM-7PM. - - 5) FOREIGN BORN INFORMATION AND REFERRAL (FIRN): Provides services to immigrants. Services include immigration counseling, interpreters, consumer counseling, adult and student literacy, job counseling and crisis counseling. Offered Tues, 11AM-4PM. - - 6) THE JACARANDA CENTER FOR FAMILY AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Provides a varietyh of support programs and trainings to strengthen families and help adults and youth thrive. For more information, call 410-978-1859 or visit www.thejacarandacenter.org. Offered Mon, 8:30AM-2:30PM. Services include: - --Marriage and Relationship Support - --Family Strengthening Courses - --Parent Workshops - --Youth Programs - --Wellness Programs - --Professional Development Training and Consulting for Family and Youth Provides - - 7) MAKING CHANGE (MC): Provides a variety of programs to help with finances. - --Financial Coaching: Sessions help individuals develop a personal spending plan, create a strategy to pay down debt, or set financial goals and plans for success. - --Financial Seminars: Provides a broad range of financial topics focused on comprehensive and personal money management skills. - --Free Tax Preparation: Assisting individuals who made less than $54,000 om 2016. Appointments are encouraged, but will accept walk-ins based on availability. Visit www.makingchangecenter.org to learn more or make an appointment. Offered Mon, Tues, and Fri, 1:30-4:30PM and Wed, 1:30-6:30PM. - - 8) MARYLAND LEGAL AID: Provides free legal services to low-income persons. Areas of law include family, consumer, public benefits, housing and elder law. Provides representation to vulnerable populations such as seasonal farm workers, nursing homes and assisted living residents. Offered the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wed, 11AM-6PM. - - 9) MEALS ON WHEELS OF CENTRAL MARYLAND (MOW): Enables people to live independently at home through the provision of nutritious meals, personal contact and related services. Delivers a hot and cold meal daily Mon-Fri, 11AM-1:30PM. Offers a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay, and subsidies may be available to cover the cost of meals for individuals 60 and older. Offered Mon-Fri, 9AM-12:30PM. Also offers the following: - --Healing Meals Helping Hands: Provides frozen meal deliveries, once a week, for individuals with cancer of a chronic health condition. - --Volunteer Grocery Shopping Program - --Phone Pal and Volunteer Companions - --Kibble Connection: Provides free pet food deliveries (cat and dog food). - - 10) OFFICE OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (OWD): Strives to generate employment and training workforce solutions responsive to business and job seeker needs. Provides access to seekers. Offered Tues and Fri, 10AM-6PM. - - 11) GETTING AHEAD COORDINATOR: Offers a 45-hour workshop to help individuals in poverty build upon the effects of poverty on their personal resources and ways to improve and build upon those resources. Assists Tues, Thurs and Fri, 8:30AM-4:30PM and Wed, 11AM-5:30PM. - - 12) RE-ENTRY PROGRAM: Helps connect individuals to community resources such as transportation, housing, etc. Available Mon, 12-6PM, Thurs, 12:30-4:30PM and Fri, by appointment only. - - 13) SUCCESS IN STYLE: Provides low cost clothing for men and women trying to re-enter the work force,Assists Tues, 12:30-2PM and Wed, 11AM-4PM - - 14) VETERAN'S BENEFITS SPECIALIST: Connects Veterans to assistance and supportive services in the community. Available by appointment only on the 1st and 3rd Thurs of the month.