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State Emergency Relief

Immediate help may be available if you are facing conditions of extreme hardship or emergencies threatening your health and safety. State Emergency Relief and the Weatherization Assistance Program combine financial assistance and contracts with a network of nonprofit organizations to help low-income households.

Emergency support is designed to support low-income households that are normally able to make ends meet but occasionally need help when unexpected emergency situations arise. Emergency support is not an appropriate solution to ongoing or chronic financial difficulties. For ongoing reductions to your energy expenses, be sure to check out the Weatherization Assistance Program.

How to Apply

1) Apply for State Emergency Relief through MDHHS:

If you have further questions, please call THAW’s Utility Assistance Center (Open 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. M-F) at 800-866-8429, and a specialist will be able to assist you.

Eligibility Requirements

In general, eligibility is based on the number of individuals in your household, your monthly income and effective 12/01/19 your countable cash assets over $15,000 (except for those applying for burial services). Some assets such as homestead, one vehicle, personal and household goods are excluded.


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Income Requirements

People per Household Monthly Income
One $1,518
Two $2,058
Three $2,598
Four $3,138
Five $3,678
Six $4,218
Seven $4,758
Eight $5,298
More than eight Add $540 per month for each additional family member