Social Services

Food Supplement Program

The Food Supplement Program helps low income people buy the food they need for good health.  The amount of food supplement applicants are eligible for is based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Thrifty Food Plan.  To apply visit https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/.

Energy Assistance Program

The Energy Assistance unit provides bill assistance to eligible households to help with the prevention of loss and restoration of home energy service.  To determine if you are eligible, go to http://dhr.maryland.gov/office-of-home-energy-programs/local-home-energy-program-office/.  When calculating your income for the purposes of this program, please use the gross income received in your household by all members in the 30-day period immediately preceding the date of application.

Emergency Services

The Emergency Assistance Program provides resources to citizens with dependent children who are under 21 years of age, who face and immediate crisis, and need help to resolve the situation. Emergency Assistance may cover, but is not limited to eviction notices, mortgage foreclosures, gas and electric turn-off notices, and delinquent water bills.  Visit https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program acts as a clearinghouse for the distribution of donated food.  Over 30 local community pantries and shelters currently participate in the program. All food is provided to eligible individuals and families free of charge.  Call 301-909-6343 for more information.

Crisis Assistance Program

The Crisis Assistance unit provides housing stabilization assistance to help residents avoid evictions, foreclosures, and other housing related crises.  To determine if you are eligible, call 211 for a telephonic screening.

Temporary Disability Program

The Temporary Disability Assistance Program provides limited cash assistance to low-income disabled individuals without dependent children and who have no other resources.  Visit https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/ to apply.

Temporary Cash Assistance Program

The Temporary Cash Assistance program provides cash assistance to needy families with dependent children when available resources do not fully address the family’s needs, and while preparing program participants for independence through work.  Applicants must interview face-to-face and all financial and technical eligibility factors must be met prior to issuance of benefits.  Visit https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/ to apply.

Medical Assistance Program

The Medical Assistance program helps individuals and families pay for medical care.  Assistance can include payment for doctor’s visits, exams, prescription costs, hospital bills, payment of Medicare premiums, etc.  Visit https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/ to apply.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Child Care and Fitness Room Assistance

Effective January 12, 2019 before and after childcare and preschool fees for furloughed residents currently registered will be waived during the time of the shutdown. In addition, facilities will waive the requirement for membership fees to use the fitness rooms. The Department of Parks and Recreation will waive the following fees for Prince George’s County residents only:

  • A ‘Furlough Membership’ for the 45 Fitness Rooms Only at community centers, senior activity centers, Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Center, Fairland Sports and Aquatics Complex, and Allentown Splash, Tennis and Fitness Park for any furloughed worker.
  • Waiving before & after childcare fees at Community Centers and Therapeutic Recreation including Pre-School, Leisure Skills Development, Leisure & Life Skills, Kids Care, Morning Care, Kids Club, Extended Care, and Kids Day Out for any dependent of furloughed workers.

An official furlough letter must accompany all requests for fee waivers. Prince George’s County has set up a website that provides links to all available resources for furloughed employees.

For more information, and a complete list of fitness centers visit www.pgparks.com.