Community Action Council assists many in need
Community Action Council's transportation program provides a coordinated human service transportation program for the elderly, people with low incomes and individuals with disabilities. (File photo)
Washington County Community Action Council Inc. provides encouragement, guidance and assistance to the people of our community in the mobilization of resources to combat poverty.
The council’s goal is to assist individuals and households with their financial struggles while increasing their capacity to manage on their own without the need of further assistance.
The core values of CAC are dignity, compassion, honesty, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, accountability, consistency and being non-judgmental.
The agency’s goal is reached through a variety of services, ranging from crisis intervention to the realization of home ownership.
CAC’s 45 years of experience in providing services to individuals and families with low incomes has provided the expertise necessary to operate over 40 successful programs.
The agency’s structure consists of five service-related components that provide a continuum of services: community resources, case management, housing services, transportation and administration.
The first step in receiving emergency assistance is making an appointment to meet with a community resource specialist. Appointments are made on a same-day, first-come, first-served basis. The specialist can provide information and referrals to community programs, emergency food and financial assistance.
The Maryland Energy Assistance Program provides a yearly grant during the heating season for eligible households. Paid directly to the household’s heating vendor (gas, electric or oil), the program eases the burden of energy costs.
The Electric Universal Services Program assists eligible households with electric costs through a monthly credit on their statement.
Supportive housing program
The supportive housing program is available for single, homeless and disabled individuals who have income or have resided in Washington County for six months. The residents receive intensive case management, a rental subsidy and permanent affordable housing.
CAC’s five transitional housing units provide temporary housing for homeless families. While in transitional housing, the family works on goals and objectives to increase income and locate permanent housing.
Rental allowance program