To talk to someone who can help you find services, start by calling 2-1-1.
2-1-1 Maryland can help you find healthcare, housing, legal help, utility assistance and much more. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 180 languages. You can also visit www.211MD.org to search their database of services on your own.
You can also try searching the Maryland Community Services Locator to find the services you need close to home.
The EarnBenefits Program can help you access any benefits programs for which you qualify, including food assistance, child care, housing and more.
Find program details online at baltimore.earnbenefits.org. Contact one of the local sites listed there to set up a one-on-one appointment with a benefits counselor.
Financial Education & Counseling
Need help with your finances? Call the FREE Maryland Money Helpline at 1-877-254-1097. The Helpline offers free, not-for-profit, financial counseling to all Maryland residents, regardless of their income, debt, or financial status. Certified financial counselors can assist you with:
- Credit reports & credit scores
- Debt management
- Problems due to loss of income
- Delinquencies, creditors, or collection agencies
Looking for better ways to manage your money? There are also free classes that can help. The Maryland CASH Academy lets you search for free financial education classes around the state. Visit http://www.mdcashacademy.org/ to find a class that’s right for you.
If you make under $25,000, or are part of a family that makes less than $50,000, you may be eligible to have your taxes done for free. Every year from January to April, the Baltimore CASH Campaign offers free tax prep at locations around the area. Visit www.bmorefreetaxes.org to learn more and find a tax site near you.
Legal Services & Expungement
If you have legal problems as a result of a criminal record, if you have a housing or financial dispute, or if you need general legal help, contact one of the following organizations to see if you qualify for free services.
Free legal services for low-income Marylanders
Main Office, 500 E. Lexington St, Baltimore MD 21202
410-951-7750 or 866-MD LAW 4U (635-2948)
Cherry Hill Neighborhood Center, 606 Cherry Hill Rd, Baltimore, MD 21225
Baltimore County Office, 29 W. Susquehanna Ave, Suite 305, Towson MD 21204
410-427-1800 or 877-878-5920
Homeless Persons Representation Project
Free legal services for people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Get help with expungement, housing issues, public benefits and more.
201 N. Charles Street, Suite 1104, Baltimore, MD 21201
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Free legal representation for low-income Marylanders in civil legal matters. Get help with expungement, bankruptcy, collections, housing issues and more.
One North Charles Street, Suite 222, Baltimore, MD 21201
410-547-6537 or 800-510-0050
Do you need someone to care for your kids while you work? The Maryland Family Network can help you find the right provider. For help locating a center, in-home daycare, Head Start, or other programs call 877-261-0060 to speak with a counselor. To search on your own, visit the Maryland Family Network website.
If you are on a low income, you may be able to get help paying for child care through the Maryland Child Care Subsidy Program. To be eligible, you must meet the income guidelines and be working, in an approved training program, or in public school. There is currently a very long waiting list for the program, but if have recently been on TCA, are on SSI, or have a child with a disability, you may get priority. For more information visit the Child Care Subsidy website, or contact your local Department of Social Services:
Baltimore City, 443-423-7824
Baltimore County, 410-853-3346