Oklahoma Department of Human Services will begin accepting applications for the Energy Crisis Assistance Program (ECAP) on Tuesday, March 17th. This is the only emergency utility program offered by DHS throughout the year for heating or cooling energy sources.
In addition to meeting income guidelines for the program based on household composition, the following are ECAP eligibility requirements:
- Must be within a 72 hour cut-off window at the time of application and have an active cut-off order with the utility provider; OR
- A written notice from the utility provider for new service establishment or service restoration with minimum amount required for security deposit, carryover debt, and other fees; OR
- A written notice from a utility provider refusing to deliver additional fuel without a minimum payment amount (IE Propane)
Applications for the program will be done EXCLUSIVELY online at www.okdhslive.org (no paper applications will be used)
There will be a red banner at the top of the OKDHSLive homepage to apply for energy assistance when the program opens. The program will pay UP TO $500 for service to be saved or restored. If the amount to save or restore service exceeds the $500 maximum, the applicant must state how the household plans to make up the difference. If no plan is offered, the application may be denied.
Local DHS staff will be happy to assist clients who cannot apply online on their own if they call or come into a local office. The verification items listed above may also be dropped off at any county DHS office for routing to the appropriate staff or uploaded via OKDHSLive.
As with all of our energy assistance programs, there are limited funds available for this program and they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Once Oklahoma’s allotted budget has been depleted, the program will close.