Advertisement

Community Action Council extends hours

January 10, 2001

Community Action Council extends hours



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


Taking time off from work to apply for assistance is the last thing many struggling families can afford to do.

Recognizing that difficulty, the Washington County Community Action Council has changed its hours on Wednesdays beginning this week, according to Glenda Helman, director of CAC services.

"Our new Wednesday hours will be noon to 4:30 p.m. for scheduled appointments and then from 4:30 to 8 p.m. for walk-ins," Helman said.

Hours at the agency at 101 Summit Ave. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays will remain 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., she said.

Advertisement

"The people we are targeting are those who are working but aren't making enough to pay rent, keep the lights and heat on and put food on the table too," Helman said.

Crisis intervention specialists will be available during the new Wednesday evening hours to assist households with emergency needs such as eviction prevention, utility terminations, prescriptions, emergency food assistance and referrals.

In addition, the specialists will be able to complete the Maryland energy assistance program applications and new applications for the electric universal services program.

Energy assistance money is sent directly to the fuel vender, Helman said. The new electric services program, which began last July, assists eligible Maryland residents with their electric bills.

The number of working poor continues to rise, Helman said. She estimated 54 percent of households accessing services from CAC have at least one adult family member working.

"Why would we want these people to lose that valuable time at work to come in here?" Helman said.

To be eligible for crisis intervention services, the family's income must be at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Applicants need to bring a picture ID for all adult members of household, Social Security cards for all household members, proof of income for all household members for past 30 days, documentation of need for assistance, lease if renting, deed if a homeowner and copies of electric, gas and fuel bills with account numbers.

For more information or to make an appointment during regular hours, call 301-797-4161.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|