Assistance

Maryland WholeHome

1-800-638-7781

7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, MD 20706

The Maryland WholeHome Program can help you make valuable repairs and enhancements to your home that can lower your family’s monthly utility bills and improve your quality of life.Maryland WholeHome grants and loans can be used to upgrade to energy efficient appliances, repair or replace heating and cooling systems, replace insulation, add accessibility features for seniors or those with special needs, remove lead paint, upgrade plumbing, and address structural and maintenance issues. With low-interest rate loans and grants, having a healthier home that saves money is easier than ever.We offer a range of programs that help homeowners maintain safe, comfortable and accessible homes for their families. These programs help Maryland homeowners invest in affordable improvements that can help save money on heating and cooling costs, enhance livability for senior residents and those with special needs, and make repairs to meet building codes for safer living.Loans and grants are based on what type of work is needed, as well as household income and ability to repay. The maximum interest rate is 4% and may be as low as zero,payments may be deferred, and there is no application fee.

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Vehicles for Change

410-242-9674

410-242-9677

4111 Washington Blvd., Halethorpe, MD 21227

Vehicles for Change accepts donated cars, repairs them while training returning citizens as auto mechanics, and awards roadworthy vehicles to working, low-income families. Vehicles for Change changes lives and empowers individuals through car ownership and technical training. Please visit the website for more information.

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Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri 8am – 5pm

Homeless Veterans Reintigration Program, Veteran Employment Assistance Services

410-742-4950x115

410-749-0442

521 Mack Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21802

The Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) at St James AME Zion Church was established by the Department of Labor to help homeless veterans get back on their feet by:-Individualized support based on specific needs-Employment support services such as job related equipment, clothing, transportation, and other services for independence-Training and remedial education, job preparation services, trade certification, and licensing assistance-Referral for other services or treatments

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Adult Education, Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Training at Chesapeake College

410-827-5929

Chesapeake College provides adult education programs to residents in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties. Classes include English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education and GED® Test Preparation classes.

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Students wishing to enroll in classes must first attend a registration session. During registration the student’s current skill level will be evaluated for the proper class placement. The registration schedule can be found by calling the hotline numbers or on the website. Weekly registrations are held at locations throughout the five county area. In Caroline County registration is held Wednesdays at 6:00 pm at the Maryland Rural Development Corporation, 101 Cedar Lane. This is part of the National External Diploma Program.

For assistance in Spanish call 410-827-5929

Eligibility: 
English As a Second Language classes are available to all adults whose native language is other than English. Classes provide instruction in English language skills to non-English or limited English proficient adults and are offered at multiple levels from beginning to advanced Adult Basic Education and GED® Test Preparation classes are available to individuals we are at least 16 years of age and who are not a high school graduate or currently attending high school. Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes include instruction for learners at beginning and intermediate levels. GED® Test Preparation classes are for those who are in the final stages of preparing to take the GED® Test. Individuals must be a resident of the State of Maryland for at least 3 months to be eligible to take the GED® Test. The External Diploma Program (NEDP) is for individuals age 18 or older, who are not enrolled in regular high school and can demonstrate essential academic competencies and life skills. NEDP provides a unique way for adults to earn a Maryland high school diploma. Participants demonstrate high school level skills by applying work, family and community life experiences in real life situations. This is not a class-attendance based program. The program structure is self-paced and offers flexibility for busy adults. Individuals meet regularly with an NEDP advisor and assessor. NEDP is a computer- based program.

A one-time $150 fee is assessed for NEDP.

Areas Served: 
Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Kent, and Queen Anne’s Counties

Fees: 
No fees for classes. Classes are supported by grant funding from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

Mailing Address: 
P. O. Box 8 Wye Mills, MD 21679

Contact: 
410-827-5929
bhorrocks@chesapeake.edu

tags: adult ed, ESL, GED, NEDP