Social Services

Energy Assistance Program

Life can sometimes throw unexpected challenges your way making it hard to keep up with the bills. Thanks to a grant from Pepco Holdings Inc. Community Foundation, our Energy Assistance Program allows us to help you pay a portion of your household’s heating and electric bill. To participate in the one-time emergency program, you must: 

  • Be a resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland 
  • Be unable to pay your utility bill because of documented financial hardship  
  • Be at risk of disconnection from your gas or electric service 
  • Have an annual household income (before taxes) below the federal poverty level. 

Please remember this program is meant to help you pay a portion of your household’s heating/electric bill, not the entire annual cost of heating your home.  

How it works 

To be considered for the Energy Assistance Program, you must call (202) 545-2024 to schedule an appointment.  Appointments are held on Wednesdays at 2355 Ontario Road, NW Washington, DC 20009 and Fridays at  8908 Riggs Road, Adelphi, Maryland 20783 and last approximately 30 minutes.  

Applications are only accepted in person and by appointment. Mailed, faxed, or e-mailed paperwork WILL NOT be accepted. Applications will NOT be processed unless ALL information is provided. Incomplete applications will result in delay or denial. Please bring the documents listed below to your scheduled appointment. 

Required Documents 

  1. Photo ID of applicant
  2. Proof of Identification for ALL members of your household (e.g. – social security card, birth certificate, driver’s license, or passport)
  3. Proof of Residency (e.g. – copy of mortgage, lease, or rental agreement) 
  4. Gas/Electric Bill; Disconnection Notice (if applicable)
  5. Proof of Income for the ENTIRE Household  (e.g. – employment paystubs, social security income, food stamps, unemployment, child support, disability, retirement, veterans’ benefits, survivors’ benefits, etc.) 
  6. Proof of Hardship or Inability to Pay (e.g. employment termination letter, unemployment claim, medical bills, proof of loss of other income, OR budget showing insufficient funds)
  7. Letter explaining your emergency situation 

Contact Us

We are here to help! If you have questions about this program or want to get connected to other Mary’s Center services, call us at 202-483-8196.