ENERGY ASSISTANCE - PART 3
PREVENT SHUT-OFF WITH REGULAR PAYMENT - (USPP) Universal Service Protection Program ( Learn More)
USPP helps me prevent a shut-off as long as I continue to pay the minimum monthly payment as required by my utility supplier.
All MEAP eligible customers may participate in USPP. Participation also requires 12 months of budget billing. Budget billing
spreads your annual utility bills into even monthly payments. Failure to make consecutive payments may result in my removal
from USPP. I understand that I do not have to participate in USPP to receive MEAP benefits and no money will be paid to my
account through USPP.
PAST-DUE ELECTRIC BILLS - (ARA) Arrearage Retirement Assistance ( Learn More)
I have a past-due electric bill and would like to receive an Electric Arrearage grant to help pay the balance. I must have a past-due
electric balance of at least $300 to be considered for the grant, and I may receive up to $2,000 for my current past-due bills. This grant
is only available once every seven years, though certain waivers to this rule may apply. Electric Arrearage grants are in addition to
electric benefits applicants may receive each year through the EUSP program. I must receive EUSP, enroll in budget billing, and the
electric bill must be in my name to qualify for an electric arrearage grant.
PAST-DUE GAS BILLS - (GARA) Gas Arrearage Retirement Assistance ( Learn More)
I have a past-due gas bill and would like to receive a Gas Arrearage grant to help pay the balance. I may receive up to $2,000, once every
seven years, though certain waivers to this rule may apply. Gas Arrearage grants are in addition to heating benefits applicants may receive
each year through the MEAP program. I must have a past due gas balance of at least $300 to be considered for the grant. I must receive
MEAP to be eligible for a gas arrearage grant and the gas bill must be in my name.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR YOUR HOME – DHCD Energy Efficiency Programs
I am interested in having energy efficiency improvements made to my home. This may help me reduce my overall utility consumption and help to reduce my utility bills while creating a healthier home environment. Please refer me to the energy efficiency programs
provided by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The energy efficiency improvements such as,
furnace clean and tune, added insulation, and energy efficient light bulbs are offered at no additional cost to income eligible Marylanders.
Landlord approval will be required for renters participating in this program. I understand I do not need to participate in DHCD’s energy
efficiency programs to receive OHEP benefits.