State Adds $13 Million to Maryland Low-Income Programs
On November 8, Governor Robert Ehrlich announced that the state will add $13 million to Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) to help low-income families with their heating bills this winter. The majority of the funds will be spent under Project Heat Up , a new, temporary program that provides limited benefits to families that are over income for MEAP and the state-funded Electric Universal Service Program. The enrollment period is limited from January 15, 2006 through March 31, 2006 for income-eligible households in the 150- 175 percent of poverty range. An estimated 60,000 households will receive benefits ranging from $125 to about $238 under Project Heat Up.
The Governor also increased funding by $400,000 for Maryland's Weatherization Assistance Program. Priority is given to homeowners who may be elderly, disabled, have families with children, or have the highest energy consumption.
Source: Capital News Service and Maryland Energy Administration