Applying for Energy Assistance

Energy Assistance is a year round program. You can apply at any time during the year, but you can only receive benefits once each year and must reapply each fiscal year (July- June).

If you are having trouble affording your utility or heating bill, you do not need a turn off notice to qualify for assistance. The Office of Home Energy Programs strongly encourages you to apply for assistance before you receive a turn-off notice so that funds can be applied to your account as soon as possible. All OHEP program eligibility is income-based and you do not need a turn off notice to qualify for assistance.

Customers may apply through any one of the following methods:

  • You can apply online by visiting: https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us
  • Remember to upload all of your documents along with your application.
  • Submitting your documents separately from your online application will delay your application

Drop Boxes

Energy Assistance offices have secure drop boxes available to receive your application and documents.

  • First, download and print the Application for Energy Assistance. You can also request a paper application by calling 1-800-332-6347.
  • Next, complete your application and gather your documents. You can find a list of documents that you should include in your application by here: Instructions Form
  • Once you have your completed application and documents, take them to your local office’s drop box and submit them.
  • Baltimore City residents should drop applications at the nearest CAP Center. For a list of locations, click here: https://www.bmorechildren.com/cap/#location

Mail-in Applications

To apply by mail, you can request an application be mailed to you, or print a copy of the application and mail it, along with copies of all your documents to your local Energy Assistance office. To see a full list of locations please visit:

https://dhs.maryland.gov/office-of-home-energy-programs/local-home-energy-program-office/

Telephone

Energy Assistance offices can accept applications over the phone. However, you will need to email or mail your documents to the local office after your information has been taken. Energy assistance does not need documents to be scanned, we can accept clear pictures of your documents where text is visible.

In-person

Call your local office to schedule an appointment. To see a full list of locations please visit: https://dhs.maryland.gov/office-of-home-energy-programs/local-home-energy-program-office/

Information Needed with Application

  1. Copy of Applicant’s photo identification
  2. Proof of Residency
  3. Copies of Social Security cards for the entire household (including children)
  4. Proof of your household’s total Gross income for the last 30 day period
  5. A copy of your most recent Utility bill, termination notice (if applicable)
  6. A copy of your most recent heating fuel bill or receipt (if applicable)

Income Eligibility

Income Eligibility Limits
Effective July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022
(Based on 175% of the Federal Poverty Level)
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
Income Eligibility Limits
Effective July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022
(Based on 200% 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

Application Documents

All forms are in PDF format (you may download the free Adobe reader here).
Forms can be filled out electronically or by hand.
ALL forms must be printed and signed by hand.

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