Low income Baltimoreans can get help with their energy bills at a three-day energy assistance event to be hosted by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The event, called Energy Assistance Week, will be held Tuesday through Thursday at the Morgan State University Student Center. The event will run daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. will be on-hand to provide services and support.

Only the first 600 qualified applicants will be accepted each day.

Residents will be able to avoid service interruption by receiving financial assistance to lower their energy bill. To apply, residents must bring a copy — no original documents will be accepted — of a government-issued photo ID; proof of residence, such as a lease or mortgage statement; and Social Security cards for all household members, including children.

Residents also will need copies of proof of their household's total gross income for the last 30 days, including all income sources for each member of the household; and the name of the home energy supplier and account number; and the most recent utility bill.

Rawlings-Blake said the event is one of the city's efforts to make sure residents are living in safe conditions.

"This partnership is vital to our residents, as Baltimore has recently experienced some pretty brutal winters and extreme summer temperatures, which can be a matter of life and death," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. "The increased cost of heating and air conditioning during peak months can seriously impact a household budget."

The event is being held in conjunction with the Office of Home Energy Programs and the Mayor's Office of Human Services' Community Action Partnership.

While the event is being held, the Office of Home Energy Programs at 2700 N. Charles St. and Baltimore City Community Action Centers will be closed.

"This is a great opportunity for residents who need help paying their energy bills to sign up and get the help they need," Lori Cunningham, director of Baltimore City Community Action Partnership, said in a statement. "Bringing all our staff to one central location makes it a more efficient process for clients to apply for the assistance they need."

For questions, call 410-545-1511.

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