Energy and Housing

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

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LIHEAP offers two programs Energy Crisis Intervention(ECI) and Energy Credits (EC).

  • This program provides assistance to eligible low-income households (150% of poverty level) with payment of their utility bill. The energy credit (EC ) is applied directly to accounts at the end of the year.
  •  Applications are only available in June.  

For more information on the LIHEAP program for 2020, please contact Gail Shioshita, LIHEAP Manager, at (808) 961-2681 ext 303 and Liheap Office Ext. 108 or (808)854-3132 Office Manager Blossom Evans, or email


The Emergency Crisis Intervention Program assists households in the prevention of utility termination or termination.  The program allots up to $650 towards the past due amount.  A total of 20 eligible applicants per month can be selected to receive this assistance.

HOUSEHOLDS ARE LIMITED TO ONE PROGRAM (ECI OR EC) per federal fiscal year (October 1st through September 30th).

For more information on the ECI program, please contact Gail Shioshita, at (808) 961-2681 ext 303 or Liheap Office Ext. 108 or (808)854-3132, or

2020 ECI Application (located in form)

In addition, all applicants are provided notice that if they are a custodial parent and require assistance in child support, they should contact the appropriate Child Support Enforcement Section of the Hawaii State Attorney General’s Office.  Addresses and telephone numbers of the Hilo and Kona branches can be found here: Child support rights notification memo.

Housing Preservation Grant (HPG)

The Rural Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program provides funds to sponsoring organizations to establish grants or low-interest loan programs for emergency home repairs to homeowners or to rehabilitate individual housing, rental properties, or co-ops owned and/or occupied by very low and low-income rural persons.

For more information on this program, please contact Edward Yokoyama, Farm/Utlities/HPG/WAP Manager at (808) 9612681 ext 300, or at

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families at 200% of poverty to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.  Funds are used to improve the energy performance of dwellings of families in need, using the most advanced technologies and testing procedures available in the housing industry.


WEATHERIZATION APPLICATION (click on the link below to view):


For more information on this program, please contact Edward Yokoyama, WAP Manager at (808) 9612681 ext 301 or (808)854-3132 Blossom Evans Office Manager, or at