The Office of Home Energy administers a number of programs. The Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) provides assistance with home heating bills. Limited assistance is available to replace broken or inefficient furnaces. The Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) assists eligible low-income electric customers with their electric bills. Assistance is available whether you are an active customer or you are currently without service. The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) may provide home weatherization services to eligible individuals such as weather stripping, caulking, plastic window covering, etc. to help make your home or apartment more fuel efficient and comfortable at no cost. The Utility Service Protection Program (USPP) protects low-income families from utility cut-offs and allows MEAP eligible households to enter into a year-round even monthly payment program with their utility company. Call the office for more information or download the application online. OHEP is a year round program. You can apply any time during the year, but you must re-apply each fiscal year (July-June).
Adult Protective Services Unit investigates vulnerable adult abuse (elder and non-elder), neglect, self-neglect and exploitation. The Adult Services Unit also offers services to seniors, services to non-aged adults, Project Home licensing and case management, In-Home Aide service, and Emergency Assistance to Adults. Provides referrals to homeless individuals during business hours, but those requiring homeless assistance outside of regular business hours can contact the Sheriff's Department at 410-479-2515.
Locating non-custodial parents, establishing paternity, establishing and enforcing child support orders, establishing and enforcing medical support orders, collecting and distributing child support payments, and reviewing and adjusting support orders.
Melissa Jones-Harris, Child Support Lead Supervisor
This unit provides child physical and sexual abuse and neglect investigative services, continuing child protective services, family preservation, intensive family services, foster care, kinship care, adoption, licensing of foster/adoptive families, court ordered home evaluations, and homeless services for families. Parenting classes are offered periodically. There are certain eligibility requirements for some of the family service programs.
The volunteer office serves as the point of contact for persons to donate goods and services to the community at large. They are able to provide children with school supplies at the beginning of the school year, toys, clothing, and other items for Christmas.
Employment services (see Caroline County Career Center), Temporary Cash Assistance, Welfare Avoidance Grants, Emergency Assistance to Families with Children, Child Care Subsidy, Temporary Disability Assistance, Public Assistance to Adults, Food Supplement Program benefits, Medical Assistance, and Long Term Care Medical Assistance. There is a Burial Assistance program that helps qualified families with burial costs for loved ones. There is a Spanish interpreter available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 - 1:00 to assist in completing the application for the Food Supplement Program. Call for application procedure.
In addition to regular policing duties, the Caroline County Sheriff's Office provides home security checks for citizens of Caroline County when they are away from their homes for vacation or business trips. This service is provided by the request of the home owner. The Sheriff's office provides security inspections for residents and businesses. The Caroline County Sheriff's Office Deputies will also conduct civic discussions on personal security, safety and crime prevention and help establish neighborhood watch programs. The Sheriff's Office is responsible for the supervision and enforcement of sex offender law in the county, where in they maintain up-to-date and accurate sex offender registry for the county, which can be found at http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/sorSearch/search.do
There are three (3) County-run Collection sites:
Melville Road in Henderson-open Wednesday 10am-6pm and Saturday, 8am-4pm;
Old Denton Road site in Federalsburg-open Wednesday 10am-6pm and Saturday 8am-4pm;
Preston on Back Landing Road in Preston- open Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 8am-4pm.
Each site accepts general household trash (up to 10 bags) and provides recycling of cardboard, scrap metal, and waste oil. Refer to the Department's webpage for details on permits, rules, acceptable trash and the permit application form.
It is the duty of the tax office to receive and keep, and pay over according to the directions of law or the order of the County Commissioners the proceeds of all taxes levied in the county. The Tax Office also sells dog licenses, does MVA tag renewals for an additional $2, collects trailer taxes and room taxes for inns & hotels, among others. Barbara Nashold and Nicole Moczulski, Account Clerks, are notaries and can notarize documents for $4 per signature.
Provides technical and financial assistance to landowners to implement soil conservation and water quality measures at the local level. Technical assistance is provided through the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Maryland Dept. of Agriculture. Sponsors a coloring contest every year for students.