Maryland issues enhanced benefits for utility and electric assistance
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan announced on Friday that recipients of the state’s utility and electric assistance will receive enhanced benefits during this home heating season.
The state is also increasing funding for weatherization assistance programs to improve energy conservation. This assistance will be administered by the Maryland Department of Human Services and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
The State is enhancing the minimum benefit for electric and heating assistance eligible recipients to further support vulnerable populations.
- Through the Maryland Energy Assistance Program, recipients will see their minimum benefit increase by 66%, from $300 to $500. Overall, MEAP is receiving a 30% increase in funding to support this enhanced benefit.
- Through the Electric Universal Assistance Program, recipients will see their minimum benefit double from $150 to $300. Overall, EUSP is receiving a 32% increase in funding to support this enhanced benefit.
The state will provide $29 million in weatherization assistance program funding across the next two years (a 190% increase) to further help households across Maryland install energy conservation materials. These measures both reduce the consumption of energy and the cost of maintenance for these homes.
Additionally, $30 million in supplemental bill assistance will be issued to utilities on behalf of customers and applied over a six-month billing period. Low income households should expect to receive approximately $83 per month in bill assistance over six month periods in FY 2022 and FY 2023.
Outreach funding of $5 million will be administered by DHS to its community based organizations, which assist vulnerable populations in each of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions with completing applications, submitting any necessary follow up documentation, and answering questions about energy assistance programs.