For Immediate Release
Customers Can Apply for Energy Assistance
SALISBURY, Md. - Customers having problems paying their energy bills can find extra help over the next several weeks. Federal legislation increased the average energy assistance amount for households who qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this heating season.
LIHEAP is a block grant program which assists low-income households - both homeowners and renters - with their energy bills. The application period is through March 31, 2009.
Delmarva Power is partnering with community-based organizations and social service agencies throughout Delaware and Maryland to ensure that their low-income and at-risk customers are made aware of the federal dollars available to help them with their utility bills.
Below are the program details and contact information for the respective states:
The Delaware Energy Assistance Program (DEAP) assists low-income households that need help in meeting the cost of home energy used for heating and cooling their homes. The Division of State Service Centers (DSSC) administers this program on a contractual basis with Catholic Charities, Inc.
For more information and to apply , visit or call Catholic Charities at:
New Castle County Phone : 302-654-9295
Kent County Phone : 302-674-1782
Sussex County Phone: 302-856-6310
Additional information can be found online at www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dssc/liheap.html
The Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs administers the LIHEAP program in Maryland, called the Maryland Energy Assistance Program, which primarily helps low-income residents pay their heating bills. Maryland residents can apply at local administering agencies or online at www.marylandsail.org. For general questions pertaining to LIHEAP assistance in Maryland, call 1-800-332-6347. The contact information for local administering agencies in Delmarva Power's service territory is:
Caroline County Dept. of Social ServicesPhone: (410) 819-4500
Cecil County Dept. of Social Services Phone: (410) 996-0270
Dorchester County Dept. of Social Services Phone: (410) 901-4100Harford County Community Action Agency, Inc.Phone: (410) 638-3240
Kent County Dept. of Social Services Phone: 410-810-7716
Queen Anne's County Dept. of Social Services Phone: (410) 758-8000
Shore Up! Inc. for Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester countiesPhone: (410) 749-1142
Talbot County Neighborhood Service Center Phone: (410) 822-5015
Additional information can be found online at www.dhr.state.md.us/meap.
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to nearly 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .