CITY (April 20, 2020)
-- Due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oklahoma Human
Services (OKDHS) is making changes to the current Energy Crisis Assistance
Program (ECAP) to help eligible Oklahomans pay their utility bills. The changes
Eligible ECAP customers with any cut-off notice
effective March 17, 2020 or after are eligible for the crisis benefit even if
their energy/utility company has suspended disconnections due to COVID-19.
Households approved for ECAP will
be issued the $500 maximum annual benefit amount for crisis assistance.
- Households which
previously received a Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) “life-threating” crisis benefit, and
have applied for ECAP, will be authorized for the remaining maximum ECAP benefit
(not to exceed $500).
For applicants already
approved to receive ECAP, an additional supplement will be issued in order for
them to receive the maximum annual benefit. These households do not need to
- Applicants who
previously applied for ECAP assistance and were denied, need to reapply online
Customers who received a cut-off
Customers who received a refusal
notice to restore service or deliver additional fuel without payment.
- Customers who received an estimate
requirement of a security deposit in order for service to be established.
needed to apply for ECAP:
recent utility bill for their home from their utility provider
notice for their home from their utility provider
- ID (such as a driver’s license)
- Social Security number
monthly gross income allowed:
Size of Household
Allowable Monthly Gross Income
with members of a Native American tribe are encouraged to apply online at www.OKDHSLive.org
or through their tribe. Households cannot receive assistance from both
OKDHS and their tribe during the same federal fiscal year. “Household” is
defined as individuals living “under the same roof” with one utility meter.
For additional information and to apply for
benefits, go online to www.OKDHSLive.org