Utility grants available for seniors and disabled

October 01, 2006|BY A SUN REPORTER

Grants of $65 to help with utility bills are available for those ages 62 and older, and disabled people in Howard County, through the Community Action Council.

People in those categories who are receiving money from the Maryland Energy Assistance Program automatically are being enrolled by Community Action Council staff .

Those not receiving aid, but who are eligible for help under that program, will qualify for the supplemental $65 from Howard County, according to agency director James B. Smith.

This fiscal year, County Executive James N. Robey and the County Council budgeted $50,000 to the Department of Citizen Services to help with utility bills. Smith said there is $10,000 of that money left.

The help is intended for the most vulnerable Howard residents in response to rising electricity rates that took effect July 1.

The grants are one-time only and may only be used to pay utility bills from BGE.

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