Social Services has programs and services designed to help residents in financial need who meet income-eligibility requirements.
Apply for Benefits
- Child Support Program provides help in accessing financial support from a child's parent.
- Emergency Assistance is available to families with a child who are facing a financial emergency. Examples include eviction and utility turn-off.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly benefits to families and individuals who need assistance in buying food.
- Housing Office Assistance helps eligible low-income families and elderly and disabled persons pay their rent.
- Maryland Energy Assistance Program (Home Energy Programs) provides assistance with home heating bills.
- Medical Assistance provides medical coverage to eligible individuals and families.
- Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) provides cash assistance to families with children under 18 years of age when other resources and services do not fully meet the family's needs.
- Temporary Disability Assistance Program provides temporary cash assistance to disabled adults between the ages of 18 and 64 years who have no children under the age of 18 in the home.
We must be able to confirm that you qualify for help. As many of our programs have their own eligibility criteria and, thus, their own paperwork requirements, we suggest that you contact the Department of Social Services prior to visiting.
Here is a list of the documentation several of our programs do require that you must provide up front.
Please bring the following items:
- Birth Certificates for all members of the household
- Social Security Numbers—either a Social Security card or a printout from the Social Security Office
- Proof of Citizenship—birth certificate, United States passport, Alien Registration receipt, INS Form 1-94 or Form 551
- Proof of Marital Status—marriage license or divorce or separation papers
- Proof of Where You Live—please provide the following:
- For rentals: recent rental lease, rental receipt or room and board receipt.
- For homeowners: records such as a deed or mortgage payment record
- Life Insurance Policies, if any, on all members of the household
- Proof of Health Insurance—statement that includes the company name, address, telephone number, your membership number, cost of payments and how often they are made
Proof of Income
- Earned Income – eight consecutive paycheck stubs or statements on company letterhead that include:
- name of the employer
- Employee's name and Social Security number
- Date of period worked (month, day and year)
- Gross pay amount
- Number of hours worked
- Unearned Income—award letters for such income as:
- Social Security
- Veterans benefits
- Railroad retirement
- Civil service benefits
- Workers' Compensation
- Pensions of any kind
- Child support and other support payments
Proof of Medical Bills
- Proof of Medical Bills You Owe—"statement date" on the bill should be no older than three months before you applied for help at Department of Social Services
- Proof of Medical Bills You Have Paid—bills from doctors, prescriptions and hospitals up to three months before you applied for help at Department of Social Services
Proof of Expenses
- Proof of Resources—anything you own that has cash value, such as:
- Houses or land
- Cash, checking and savings accounts
- Stocks and bonds
- Credit unions
- Burial agreements
- Safety deposit boxes
- Cars, trucks, boats and house trailers
- Farm animals and equipment
- Proof of Living Expenses including:
- Rent or mortgage
- Proof of Student Costs including:
- Proof of all loans, grants and scholarships
- Any expenses connected with school such as tuition, books and fees
- Proof of Child Care Costs—please provide the following:
- Name and address of child care provider
- Number of payments and how often they are made
- Signature of babysitter