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Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP)

Purchase of Care (POC)

Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)

Food Stamps


Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) Back to top

The Maryland Energy Assistance Program (OHEP) helps eligible Dorchester County Families - homeowners and renters (roomers or boarders) with the cost of heating in the winter and electric bills. You may qualify for the OHEP Program if you are:

  • Elderly or disabled and living on a small income
  • Receiving Temporary cash assistance, SSI, or Food Stamps.
  • Unemployed or working for low wages
  • Receiving certain Veteran's benefits or Social Security Disability Benefits
  • A homeowner or renter, regardless of whether you pay the heating costs.

The OHEP Program is available from July 1st through June 30th

Information needed to apply for the program:

  • Proof of Identity and of residence
  • Social Security Numbers for the entire household, including children
  • Total gross household income for the last 30 days, (including proof includes: pay stubs, benefit letters from the Social Security Administration: VA: UI or local Social Services Agencies).
  • Name of home energy supplier and account number
  • A copy of current utility bill
  • If paying rent, a copy of the lease.

For further information on the OHEP Program please call Peggy King, OHEP Director, at 410.901.4201 or e-mail at dorchester.dss@maryland.gov


Purchase of Care (POC) Back to top

The Purchase of Care Program helps eligible Dorchester County families to pay for the cost of childcare. You do not need to receive Temporary Cash Assistance to obtain a POC subsidy. You must, however, be working, be in training, or be in school to qualify. You must also meet income and Child Support requirements. If funds are available and if you are eligible you will receive a voucher to use at a day care facility of your choice, either licensed center of family childcare, or informal childcare.

To complete you application for POC, you must bring to the agency the following information on you, your spouse and your child's other parent living in your household:

  • Pay Stubs for the past 6 weeks (if you have a new job bring a letter for you employer stating your work schedule and salary
  • Proof of enrollment in school or training (official class schedule, receipt for tuition, or letter from the school or training site listing your schedule.
  • Proof of enrollment in an approved activity with the Work Opportunity Program
  • Proof of all other income, including Temporary Cash assistance grant (TCA), and Social Security (SSI)
  • Proof of receipt of child support or application to receive child support, or a claim of good cause for children eligible to receive child support.

For further information on Purchase of Care, or if you would like an application mailed to you, please call Ruthie Robbins, case manager, at 410.901.4108 or e-mail at ruthie.robbins@maryland.gov


Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) Back to top

Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) provides financial assistance to eligible Dorchester County families with dependent children under the age of 18. You may receive TCA for a maximum of 5 years. After 24 consecutive months, you must be enrolled in an approved activity. Temporary Cash Assistance benefits are used for food, shelter, clothing, and other living expenses. Emergency financial assistance may also be available to aid with loss of job, evictions, and other crisis situations.

When you apply for TCA, you will be asked to bring verifications:

  • Social Security cards and birth certificates for all household members
  • Proof of income for the past 30 days for all household members
  • Proof of residence and shelter expenses
  • Proof of resources such as bank accounts, vehicles, life insurance policies, stocks and bonds

· Additional verification may be required

If you are eligible for TCA, there will be a 14-day delay while you complete mandatory job search and child support activities.

For further information on TCA please call Carol Bloodsworth, supervisor, at 410.901.4226 or email at carol.bloodsworth@maryland.gov


Food Stamps Back to top

The Food Stamps program assists eligible Dorchester County residents and families in supplementing their food budgets. Low-income working individuals and families may qualify for Food Stamps.

When you apply, you will be asked to bring to the agency several verifications:

  • Social Security cards for all household members.
  • Proof of income for the past 30 days for all household members
  • Proof of residence and shelter expenses
  • Proof of resources such as bank accounts, vehicles, stocks and bonds

· Additional verifications may be required


Medical Assistance - Medical and Health Services Back to top

Medical Assistance provides needed medical and health services to eligible Dorchester County individuals and families. Medicaid benefits are also available for children in low income working families.

When you apply, you will be asked to bring to the agency several verifications:

  • Social Security cards and birth certificates for all household members.
  • Proof of income for the past 30 days for all household members.
  • Proof of residence and shelter expenses
  • Proof of resources such as bank accounts, vehicles, life insurance policies, stocks and bonds

· Additional verification may be required

If you are having trouble with your Medical Assistance Card and you are enrolled in a Managed Care Organization (MCO) please call Health Choice at 1.800.284.4510. If you have a red and white medical card, please call your case manager.

For frequently asked questions use the link at the top of the page.

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