The Latest News from Senator Rosapepe's Office: January 2018

January 2, 2018

Join me and my wife, Sheilah—Sunday, January 14—to welcome 2018!

I hope you can join my wife, Sheilah, and me for our Welcome 2018 Celebration on Sunday, January 14, from 11:30 to 2:00 at College Park Academy, 5751 Rivertech Ct, Riverdale. Families are welcome. Please RSVP soon at www.SenatorJimRosapepe.com. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Energy assistance grant funds available to low-income households

The state of Maryland is taking steps to ensure Marylanders will no longer have to choose between keeping warm and meeting their other expenses. Depending on your household income, you could be eligible for a grant of more than $1,000 per year to assist in paying heating and electric bills. Annually, more than 100,000 households across the state enroll in the program.

Households can qualify regardless of participation in other state benefits programs. Residents can apply for benefits on an annual basis, with each grant year starting July 1 and concluding on June 30 of the following year. Households may apply at any time and reapply once per year as needed. Applicants do not need to be behind on their bills to apply for help.

Interested residents should submit a completed paper application and the required supporting documents to their local energy office. To apply for assistance or get further information, customers can contact their nearest energy office by visiting dhr.maryland.gov/OHEPlocal or by calling DHR’s helpline at (800) 332-6347. Households can also apply online at dhr.maryland.gov/benefits.

 

Op-ed with Gov. Glendening: How the University of Maryland embraced smart growth

I thought you might be interested in this column published by Next City, the national blog on smart growth. Former Governor Parris Glendening and I tell the story of how, under President Wallace Loh, the University of Maryland embraced smart growth policies championed for decades by local residents (and elected officials)—and leaped into the 21st century. Visit senatorjimrosapepe.com/op-eds/UMDpublictransit to read it.

 

State Legislative Session Starts January 10

Delegates Barbara Frush, Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Ben Barnes, and I will be back in Annapolis representing you in the 2018 Maryland legislative session starting on January 10.

Please let us know your opinions on issues of concern and contact us with any questions. Moreover, of course, feel free to be in touch if the delegates or I can help you. Just email 21stDistrictDelegation@gmail.com or call 301.858.3141.

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