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:
- 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.
Freezing Weather Plan
Freezing & Inclement Weather Plan Components
The Harford County Freezing and Inclement Weather Plan go into effect when the outside temperature in Bel Air, Maryland reaches 32 degrees for 24 consecutive hours.
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