HELPING PEOPLE. CHANGING LIVES.
IMPORTANT HOUSING ASSISTANCE UPDATEEffective September 9, 2022 CAC has stopped accepting applications for rental assistance.Please click here to get more details.
Community Action Council is Here to Help
CAC’s Guide to Giving
Each year around the holidays, the Community Action Council of Howard County partners with YOU and the incredible Howard County community to bring joy, laughter, and security to families in need in Howard County.
To diminish poverty and enable self-sufficiency for all Howard County individuals, families, and children in need.
We resolve to meet our community’s needs quickly, strategically, thoughtfully, and always with compassion.
CAC is pleased to announce the appointment of…
as the organization’s new president
Provide a hand up to your fellow Howard County families
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Each service year, CAC is required to collect new information from returning clients requesting additional services. Even though you may have answered many of these questions in a prior form, your most recent information could be different. Information about household income, household members, and even home address, phone numbers and email change occasionally. To make sure we can process your request as quickly as possible, we ask that you complete a new Universal Application each service year. CAC’s service year starts on July 1st of each year.
Please click the link below to complete your application.
Thank you for your understanding.
Community Action Council of Howard County
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The Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) provides financial assistance with home heating bills. Payments are made to the fuel supplier and utility company on the customer’s behalf.
The Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) provides financial assistance with electric bills. Eligible customers receive help that pays a portion of their current electric bills. Customers who receive EUSP are placed on a budget billing plan with their utility company. Budget Billing is a tool that utility companies provide to help spread out your annual utility bills into even monthly payments to avoid spikes in your bill caused by seasonal fluctuations in energy use. Please check with your utility company on eligibility requirements and budget billing policy.
The Utility Service Protection Program (USPP) is designed to protect low-income families from utility turn-offs during the heating season. All MEAP eligible customers may participate in USPP. Participation also requires a year-round even monthly budget billing. Failure to make consecutive payments may result in removal from USPP.
Arrearage Retirement Assistance helps customers with large, past due electric and gas bills. If eligible, customers may receive a grant for up to $2,000 towards their past due bill. Customers must have a past due bill of $300 or greater to be considered eligible. Customers may only receive an arrearage grant once every five years, with certain exceptions. Arrearage grants received between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 will not count towards the five-year limitation.