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Help with Utility Payments

DHS News Release

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides heating and/or cooling assistance to needy Hawaii households by assisting with a one-time payment towards their utility bill (electric or gas) in two ways.

Energy Crisis Intervention (ECI) program assists needy households in crisis, the electric or gas service has been disconnected or will be terminated as the household has been notified via a disconnect notice from utility company. Applications for ECI are accepted year-round, but the amount of approvals each month are limited and fill quickly.

Energy Credit (EC) program assists needy households who are not in crisis but need assistance with bill payment for the heating and cooling of their residence.

The current application period is June 1-30.

The program is through the Dept. of Human Services (DHS) and applications for LIHEAP are completed by Community Action Programs on each island. For Molokai, visit the Maui Economic Opportunity office in Kaunakakai. Drop off your application at MEO and you don’t even need to get out of your car — staff will come out to pick up your application Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Applications are available online at meo.org or can be picked up or mailed to you. Call 553-3216 for more information.

The program begins Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 each year. A household may receive one LIHEAP payment per program year. All benefits are paid as a one-time only credit paid directly to the utility company of your choice.

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