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.
HCAA After-Hours Freezing Weather Plan of Harford County
For the past year or so, Harford Community Action Agency (HCAA) has been a part of a host of meetings and subsequent discussions regarding vulnerable households needing emergency assistance when the Freezing Weather Plan of Harford County is implemented. More specifically, providing a layer of assistance for vulnerable households identified after-hours during the work week or on weekends has been an ongoing topic of discussion and a strong area of concern from community professionals and advocates.
HCAA is pleased to share to the Continuum Of Care that selected law enforcement agencies and departments of Harford County have been provided an after-hours plan and number to call. A piloted effort took place the weekend of January 14th, 2022 and this after-hours option allowed local law enforcement personnel to place any households engaged thought to be living in their personal vehicle or in a place not meant for habitation i.e. tent encampment or just aimlessly wandering in the middle of the night with no identified stable destination; into an available hotel. The observational abilities of local law enforcement in these circumstances can and will prompt the need for a temporary alternative placement until the inclement weather event has concluded.
During each Freezing Weather Plan of Harford County, HCAA will provide an on-call staff to receive all calls from local law enforcement personnel ONLY and based upon those conversations, a motel placement will be confirmed and provided to that household. If transportation can be provided to the identified hotel destination by the responding law enforcement personnel that would be preferred. However, HCAA acknowledges that due to lack of staff or potentially a jurisdictional concern, transportation can’t always be provided. In that instance, HCAA requests that the identified hotel destination be provided to the person(s) in question so they can be given the choice to utilize a transportation plan if their own.
Identified Hotel Partners and Destinations
(Can and will vary based upon availability)
- The Ramada Inn located at 1700 Van Bibber Road in Edgewood, Md. 21040 – 410-679-0770
- The Days Inn located at 783 West Bel Air Avenue in Aberdeen, Md. 21001 – 410-272-8500
- The Travelodge located at 820 West Bel Air Avenue in Aberdeen, Md. 21001 – 410-272-5500
- Super 8 of HDG located at 929 Pulaski Hwy, Havre De Grace, Md. 21078 – 410-939-1880
- Best Budget Inn HDG located at 929 Pulaski Hwy, Havre De Grace, Md. 21078 – 410-939-4567
The HCAA Freezing Weather Plan After-Hours contact number will be kept confidential and only accessible to identified law enforcement agencies and departments. All calls to this number should take place during the Freezing Weather Plan and after 5pm Monday through Friday and on weekends.
HCAA expressed true gratitude toward the participating law enforcement agencies and departments while also including the same sentiments from the Harford County COC members. If you have any additional comments, questions or concerns please reach out at 410-612-9909 Ext. 2202, 443-761-5042 or email@example.com.
Submit your SNAP Redetermination Packet Online
Don’t Delay! Do it Today!
Effective as of April 2021, the MD Department of Human Services will resume recertification for all SNAP and PAA recipients. Interviews are being waived. Once you receive your redetermination packet in the mail, submit it online right away!
Click the button below to submit your packet and verification documents online.
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Food Pantry Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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 click here or call the SNAP Hotline at 443-686-0020
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.
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