When your power is disconnected, it can leave you feeling helpless and with no options. However, you may be eligible for electric bill assistance through one of these government or charitable providers on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Services are specifically targeted to residents of Hana, Kahului, Kapalua, Kaunakakai, Kihei, Kualapuu, Lahaina, Lanai City, Makawao, Maunaloa, Paia, Pukalani, Wailuku and surrounding communities.
Catholic Charities Hawaii
The Catholic Charities Hawaii Community Assistance Program provides emergency electric bill assistance to Maui residents who meet certain eligibility requirements. You may find yourself unable to pay the fee necessary to reconnect your power, but Catholic Charities provides funding specifically for this purpose.
Lower income households who do not have support of family or other lifelines may be able to get help with their power bill on a one-time annual basis. To apply for aid, contact Catholic Charities Hawaii at their Kauai office at 808-241-4673. Since there is no local office, you will not be able to apply in person. Still, intake support personnel can help you determine your eligibility for benefits and walk you through the application process.
Maui Economic Opportunity
Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) provides many services to lower income households. One such service is electric bill assistance, as MEO is the federal partner for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
If your household has combined income and assets that are below 150% of the federal poverty level, then you may qualify for a one-time cash grant towards either your power bill or gas bill. Emergency assistance is available if you are threatened with a disconnect or have already had your power disconnected.
Maui residents may call 808-249-2970 for assistance. On Molokai, call 808-553-3216 and on Lanai call 808-565-6665. You will need to complete a criteria sheet and be accompanied by all adults who are members of your household at the time of application. June is the normal application period.
Don’t suffer the embarrassment of being unable to afford your utility payments when financial emergencies strike. You can get the help you need without taking on debt through high priced loans. Call today to make sure that you can claim your benefits through one of these Hawaii electric bill assistance programs.
Long is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Industrial Relations. He subsequently received his Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. His Certificate in Financial Planning was issued by Florida State University.
Long has achieved the Accredited Credit Counselor and Accredited Financial Counselor certifications through the Association for Financial Counseling, Planning and Education. Long originally achieved the Certified Credit Counselor designation through the National Institute for Financial Education.
In addition to years of nonprofit leadership, Long has been an innovator in the field of volunteer tax return preparation programs. He assists volunteer associations and nonprofit organizations who seek to integrate credit counseling and asset-building programs with free personal income tax preparation. His approach to using free credit reports as both an incentive and a screening tool for placement into asset-building programs has been shared with members of the National Community Tax Coalition, the EITC-Carolinas Initiative of MDC, Inc. and nonprofit groups across the Carolinas.
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