HSP gives HOPE, inspires CHANGE, and provides OPPORTUNITY by mobilizing our community in the fight against poverty. For more than 30 years, HSP has served as Carroll County’s Community Action Agency. Our programs are designed to address the root causes of poverty and compliment and leverage public services, while guiding low-income households toward a path of self-sufficiency.

Community Garden

Provides healthy food to soup kitchens and Second Chances shoppers in need of fresh produce.

Housing Services

Provides options for those in need of housing assistance or emergency rental assistance with housing.

Opportunity WORKS

Prepares individuals with significant barriers to secure and maintain employment.

Family Support Program

HSP’s Family Support Program gives HOPE, inspires CHANGE, and provides OPPORTUNITY by promoting healthy family relationships and growth toward self-sufficiency through education, skill development, and personalized support. 

Home Energy Program

HSP works with Maryland’s Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) to assist Carroll County residents with electric and fuel costs, bill assistance, the Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP), and arrearages.

Shelter Services

Provides services for those who may be evicted, homeless, or need help with finding shelter.

Financial Education Services

Provides workshops, consultation, and coaching for those who want to learn the basics of personal finance and money management.

Second Chances Free Store

Provides free clothing and household goods to those in need in our community.

VITA Program

Provides free tax preparation services to those households that earned less than $54,000.

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