Don't Wait, Be Proactive.
If you or a loved one is experiencing a financial crisis, don't wait to get help. If you are in need of emergency assistance, please come to LARS as prepared as possible for your visit. Coming in with all of the required documents (listed below) can save a great deal of time as we process your request for help.
The Emergency Services program helps individuals and families in Laurel with a variety of emergency and basic needs. Services include:
- Rental Assistance and Eviction Prevention
- Move-in Assistance
- Energy Assistance (energy bill)
- Information & Resource Referral
- Vision Assistance (eye exam and/or eye glasses vouchers provided by the Lion’s Club)
- Food Bags
All program services are based on funding availability.
If you have any questions please call us at 301.776.0442 or visit our contact page.Contact Us
Services are provided to anyone who needs assistance in the Greater Laurel area regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or unfavorable discharge from military service. The person requesting assistance must first come in to meet with a caseworker. No appointments are necessary. Please feel free to drop in during business hours (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00am - 2:00pm, and Monday evenings from 5:00-7:30pm), but please be sure to arrive AT LEAST 1 HOUR before closing to ensure that you are seen. A caseworker will conduct an "intake" session lasting approximately 30 minutes with the individual or family to determine how we can help.
New Emergency Services: Documents to Bring
On your first visit to LARS, please bring the following documents:
- Valid picture ID (adults 18 and older)
- Birth certificates (children 17 and younger)
- Social security cards for all household members
- Proof of residence to verify Laurel address
If you are seeking financial assistance for rent, mortgage, move-in or an energy bill, please download and read the financial assistance application.
You must complete the application and provide all documents before coming in to meet with a case manager.Download Application
A LARS caseworker will assess the client's needs and, if necessary, refer the client to another agency for appropriate resources. The caseworker may also render a decision regarding the client's eligibility for financial assistance from LARS. Typically, clients must schedule a follow-up appointment with LARS in order to receive the financial assistance. Checks are always made out directly to the vendor (landlord, BGE, etc.). Checks are never made out directly to the client.
Although we are not always able to assist our clients in the way that they would like, we do make all attempts to serve them to the best of our ability. At a minimum, we attempt to refer all clients that we are unable to assist ourselves to other agencies that may be able to help.Eligibility Guidelines