City energy-aid sites reduced

August 10, 2004|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,SUN STAFF

Baltimore residents seeking state assistance to pay their energy bills will be able to apply at only one location on Charles Street instead of six around the city, state officials announced yesterday.

Residents will be required to submit applications at 2700 N. Charles St. or online at www.dhr.state.md.us/meap. Despite the consolidation of offices, state officials said the services they offer will be unaffected.

"We are fully available for those who have a need," said Mary Lou Kueffer, director of the state Office of Home Energy Programs.

Kueffer said she wasn't sure why Baltimore officials had stopped accepting applications at the six neighborhood offices, but she added that state officials hope to accept applications at neighborhood locations again in the near future.

Last year, the state distributed almost $60 million in state and federal funds to more than 80,000 residents, about 25,000 in Baltimore. Low-income residents can apply for help on an annual basis.

The six offices no longer accepting applications are located at 3411 Bank St., 1400 Orleans St., 5225 York Road, 1333 Pennsylvania Ave., 3939 Reisterstown Road and 606 Cherry Hill Road.

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