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MD Housing Search, Eviction Prevention, Homeless Services, Utility Assistance

Are you at risk of, or are you currently, experiencing homelessness?

Call the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Homeless Veteran Call Center for free, 24/7 access to trained counselors for local resources and assistance for homeless veterans and for individuals at risk of homelessness.    To speak with a counselor call 877-4AID-VET (877-424-3838).

 

 

Are you seeking rental housing in Maryland?

Search for rental properties by geographical area, cost of rent, number of bedrooms/baths, and whether the property accepts housing choice vouchers.  Visit MDHousingSearch.org for more information and to search for a property.  

Do you need foreclosure prevention assistance?

A HOPE counselor may be able to help.  They assist individuals facing foreclosure and act as a resource to negotiate reasonable terms with mortgage companies.  As soon as you start having trouble paying for your home, and to connect to a counselor, call the HOPE Hotline at  877-462-7555.  To learn more about the HOPE program visit the Department of Housing and Community Development website.

Veterans at risk of, or who are currently homeless, can also drop in to a local USDVA Community Resource and Referral Center.

These Centers provide services to homeless veterans and their family members.  The Center coordinates with local partners to provide services including assistance with housing, employment, health care, benefits, and more. Shower, laundry and meals are on site.  Locations serving Maryland Veterans:

1500 Franklin St., NE, Washington DC, 20018
Phone: 202-636-7660
Hours: 24/7

Baltimore VA Annex, 209 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, MD
Phone: 410-637-3246
Hours: 8:00-4:30, Monday-Friday

Have you found yourself behind on rent?  Are you currently homeless and need help with first months rent and security deposits?  The USDVA Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families (SSVF) Program might be able to help.

Under the SSVF program, eligible veteran families receive case management and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include health care benefits, daily living services, personal financial planning services, transportation, fiduciary and payee services, legal services, child care services, and housing counseling.

In addition, veteran families may also be assisted with time-limited payments to third parties (e.g., landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and licensed child care providers) if these payments help veteran families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis.

Six organizations in Maryland received grants to support veteran families in 2013.  Listed below are the organizations, the counties they serve, and their contact information.

  • Alliance, Inc. (serving Baltimore, Howard, Harford, Cecil, Carroll, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Washington, Talbot, and Baltimore City) 410-282-5900, ext.3333
  • Three Oaks Homeless Shelter (serving St. Marys, Charles, and Calvert) 301-863-9535
  • Project PLASE, Inc. (serving Baltimore City and Baltimore County) 410-837-1400, Ext. 111 or Ext. 123
  • New Vision House of Hope (serving Baltimore City) 443-838-2670
  • Diakonia (serving Somerset, Wicomico, and Worchester) 410-213-0923
  • St. James AME Church-Zion House (serving Caroline, Talbot, Queen Annes, Kent, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worchester, and Somerset) 410-742-1427
  • Housing Counseling Services (serving Montgomery, Prince George’s) 202-667-7006, Ext. 129 or Ext. 218
  • Friendship Place (serving Montgomery, Prince George’s, Frederick) 202-658-9599
  • Operation Renewed Hope (serving Prince George’s, Montgomery) 703-887-8117

The following programs provide transitional housing to veterans.  Contact them directly to learn more.

  1. Located at 301 N. High Street in Baltimore City, The Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Corporation designed to provide homeless veterans and other veterans in need with comprehensive services enabling them to rejoin their communities.  Visit MCVET or call 410-576-9626 to learn more.
  2. Located at 140 W. West Street and 1611 Baker Street in Baltimore City, The Baltimore Station is an innovative therapeutic residential treatment program supporting veterans and others who are transitioning through the cycle of poverty, addiction, and homelessness to self-sufficiency.  Visit The Baltimore Station or call 410-752-4454 to learn more.

Have you found yourself behind on heating bills?  The Maryland Department of Human Services- Office Of Home Energy Programs may be able to help.

The Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) provides assistance with home heating bills. Limited assistance is available to replace broken or inefficient furnaces.

The Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) assists eligible low-income electric customers with their electric bills. Assistance is available whether you are an active customer or you are currently without service. Eligible electric customers may receive help in three ways:

  • Help to pay current electric bills
  • Help to pay past due electric bills
  • Help with energy efficiency measures to reduce future electric bills

The Utility Service Protection Program (USPP) protects low-income families from utility cut-offs and allows MEAP eligible households to enter into a year-round even monthly payment program with their utility company.

To apply for any of these programs contact the local home energy office  in your area.

To speak with someone regarding these programs call 1-800-352-1446 (For the hearing impaired 1-800-925-4434)

 

 


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