If you or someone you know is having difficulty paying a natural gas bill, please call the Office of Home Energy Programs at the Maryland Department of Human Resources at 800-352‑1446 or your local energy offices below. You can also visit the state’s website.
Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP):
The Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP), federally funded through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), assists eligible customers in paying their winter heating bills. Grants are based on family size, income and the fuel type used for heating. Applicants are eligible to apply for the MEAP program only once each program year (July 1 - May 31).
Customers must complete applications for the MEAP in their county.
Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s Counties Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc.
8371 Leonardtown Rd.
P.O. Box 280
Hughesville, MD 20637
Frederick County Department of Social Services
100 East All Saints St.
P.O. Box 237
Frederick, MD 21701
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
1301 Piccard Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850
Prince George’s County Department of Social Services
425 Brightseat Rd.
Landover, MD 20785
Utility Service Protection Program (USPP):
The Utility Service Protection Program (USPP) begins the first week of November and is available to residential customers who are eligible for MEAP aid. With USPP, customers receive a natural gas bill for the same amount each month throughout the year. Payment plans for customers depend on natural gas usage from the previous year and the outstanding balance owed on a customer’s gas bill.
For more information about the energy assistance programs above, call the Office of Home Energy Programs at the Maryland Department of Human Resources at 800-352-1446 or visit www.dhr.maryland.gov/ohep.
EmPOWER Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP):
This program provides home weatherization services like weather-stripping, caulking, plastic window covering and gas furnace tune-up and replacement, at no cost to eligible families. These improvements may reduce a household’s energy use and lower monthly utility bills and could improve the air quality and overall health of the family. For more information or to apply, contact the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development at 800-756-0119 or visit www.dhcd.maryland.gov.