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Western Maryland Other Needs Assistance Program

Residents impacted by the June 12, 2014 storms that caused severe flooding in the Washington County town of Clear Spring and the Allegany County communities of Cresaptown and Bowling Green may apply to receive up to $5,000 in state grants. The grants can be used to pay for:

  • Temporary housing
  • Medical needs (including mental health and dental needs)
  • Moving and storage expenses
  • Personal property (including clothing, essential tools and equipment and vehicle damage)
  • Emergency housing repairs

These grants are available to Maryland residents living in Allegany and Washington Counties on June 12, 2014 who were temporarily displaced or incurred serious disaster-related expenses not covered by an insurance policy. The program is intended to provide for the essential, necessary expenses and serious needs of applicants recovering from a disaster. It is not intended to help the applicant return his or her home to pre-disaster condition.

How to Apply:

On Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, the state is opening Essential Service Centers in each impacted county at the following two locations:

Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department
13109 Warrior Drive
Cresaptown, MD 21505
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Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Company
30 Mulberry Street
Clear Spring, Maryland 21722
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Both locations will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. through Aug. 17, 2014.

The Maryland Department of Human Resources, the Maryland Insurance Administration and the Department of Housing and Community Development will assist residents with gathering required documentation and filling out grant applications. Residents should bring copies of any receipts or documents showing that the damage to their home and/or personal property, any medical expenses or other serious needs were caused by the storm that occurred June 12, 2014. To speak with a disaster recovery representative, residents can call 855-769-5779.

Low Interest Disaster Loans:

Residents in Allegany, Garrett, Washington and Frederick Counties may also be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Individuals who apply for or secure a loan through the SBA may still apply for a grant under the Western Maryland Other Needs Assistance Program.

For more information, contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

To view, download or print a fact sheet on the SBA Disaster Loan program for this emergency, click here.

**The deadline to apply for both forms of disaster assistance is Sept. 29, 2014.**