Welcome to HCAA
As Harford County’s designated Community Action Agency, the HCAA’s mission is to help all Harford County individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardships in meeting their housing, food, energy/heating, and/or budget and family counseling needs. We support and encourage them on their path to self-sufficiency.
We accomplish this purpose through a diverse offering of programs and services. Current programs include:
- Harford Cares: COVID Water and Sewer Emergency Assistance Program
- Maryland Energy Assistance Program
- Homeless Prevention
- Homeless Services
- Community Food Pantry
- Community Case Management
We also partner with many organizations to provide additional services such as workforce preparation and development, pre-GED classes, and financial management classes.
For more information about the types of assistance we offer, please check out our Programs.
Do you need assistance paying your rent?
Harford Community Action Agency can help!
HCAA is providing Rental Assistance to households affected by the COVID-19 Crisis in order to prevent pandemic related evictions.
Assistance is paid directly to your landlord and will depend on your circumstances, but it could be for up to 12 months’ rent.
Eligible households that include an individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application for assistance and households with income at or below 50 percent of the area median are to be prioritized for assistance.
From Public Assistance to Entrepreneurship!
The Public Assistance to Entrepreneurship Program (PA2E) offers classes on starting a business. Courses are conducted virtually and/or in a classroom setting with other Department of Human Services (DHS) customers in your local area.
The primary goal is to provide entrepreneurship training for customers with ideas and talent, who are in pursuit of their entrepreneurial dreams of starting a small business while supporting their families. DHS conveniently partners with the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) regionally across the State.
If you would like to be considered and have a business idea with a desire to be an Entrepreneur, click here: https://dhs.maryland.gov/workforce-development/public-assistance-entrepreneurship-pa2e/
Maryland Community Action Partnership Statement of Response
For Immediate Release
The recent events, shining the light on the unfair treatment of people of color has impacted communities across our country. It has reveal the harsh disparities faced by many of the communities we serve.
As Community Action Network in MD, DC and DE we will not stand by as this fight for equality pursues. As our code of ethic states, we believe in the dignity of all people. MCAP is calling on our members and our broader professional community to condemn racism and take an active role in eliminating the racial biases that account for a myriad of social, economic, and health disparities, and most importantly, result in the loss of human lives – Black and Brown lives.
As Community Action we stand for justice, equity, and well-being for all.
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. Community Action Agencies work to alleviate poverty and empower low-income families in their communities.
Maryland Community Action Partnership represents 19 agencies serving the needs of low-income people in Maryland, DC and Delaware. Community Action Agencies provide housing, training, emergency services, and other assistance programs to over 300,000 annually in MD, DC and DE. Visit us to learn more www.maryland-cap.org
As 2020 comes to a close, The State Theater of Havre de Grace, Harford Community Action Agency (HCAA) and some of Harford County’s finest singer-songwriters are celebrating the holidays with our community, mindful that the challenges for many in our community continue to grow.
Please join us on December 17th for some holiday music and cheer, some love and gratitude to a generous community, and some reflections on continuing support to Harford County’s most vulnerable citizens.
We can’t say “Thank You!” enough to the wonderful organizations that have supported the mission of HCAA in 2020!
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Mobile Food Pantry at YMCA on 3/6/2021
The mobile food pantry will at the YMCA from 10-noon (or until we run out), tomorrow, 3/6, with backpacks of non-perishable snack items.
Walter & Betty Ward Family Center YMCA
101 Walter Ward Blvd,
Abingdon, MD 21009
Harford County Freezing & Inclement Weather Plan
Updated December 9, 2020
Until further notice, please refer to the COVID-19 page regarding operating hours and services. Thank you!
In an emergency decision and out of an abundance of caution for employee health/safety, HCAA is temporarily discontinuing all planned outreach activities, including mobile pantry food distribution, until further notice. If you are in need, please visit our food pantry located at our main office location on 1321 B Woodbridge Station Way, Edgewood, MWF, 9-noon. Please stay healthy and feel free to call or email!
Harford Cares: COVID Water and Sewer Emergency Assistance Program
Do you need assistance paying your water and sewer bill? Harford Community Action Agency can help!
Anyone who is past due on their water and sewer bill or who needs financial assistance to help pay their bill in November or December should review the application and program guidelines here. Applicants may be eligible for up to seven months’ of financial assistance.
Interested in SNAP Benefits?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal nutrition program that helps you stretch your food budget and buy healthy food (formerly known as food stamps).
We know that applying for assistance can be overwhelming. We are here to help with your SNAP applications. If you are interested in applying for SNAP Benefits, please visit: www.harfordcaa.org/snap
Energy Assistance is Available Now!
Utilities in Maryland are allowed to start sending out termination notices to customers on October 1, 2020. Customers will have 45 days to take action by making payments on their account, entering payment plans with their utility, and/or seeking assistance.
You do not need a turn-off notice to apply for energy assistance! Do not delay — submit an application today.