Low-income, home energy help offered this month


The Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council (HCEOC) announces June is the time to apply for LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), a federal low-income home energy subsidy.

Six places around the island are open for applications from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in June: Pahoa Community Center, HCEOC Naalehu (Naalehu Park), Pahala on Fridays only at Edmund Olson Trust Building, HCEOC Kona at 76-6804 Mamalahoa Highway in Holualoa, NHERC (North Hawaii Education & Research Center) in Honokaa and HCEOC Hilo at 47 Rainbow Drive, across from Rainbow Falls.

Eligible families are asked to bring originals and copies of: their most current HELCO bill; verifications of income for all adults (three months worth of pay stubs, Social Security 2013 benefits letter, pension, disability, unemployment or other regular payments; identification for all household members: driver license/passport and Social Security cards for adults, Social Security cards for children, birth certificates for infants under one year; proof of residence address, such as a rental agreement, property tax or other bill; Final Utility Termination Notice if you’ve received a shut-off notice from HELCO).

First Hilo Open Studios Tour

The East Hawaii Cultural Council will sponsor the first-ever Hilo Open Studios Tour in November, and planning is under way. The event is open to all artists, in all media, and all galleries in the Hilo area. Visit the East Hawaii Cultural Center at 141 Kalakaua St. to get information and applications, or call 961-5711.

“We are asking for volunteers to help organize the event,” said spokesman Lourdan Kimbrell. “Artist open studio tours have been successful in Hawaiian Paradise Park and in Volcano over the last few years, and EHCC believes that artists in Hilo will benefit from the opportunity to present their art for sale and meet other artists.”

The Hilo Open Studios Tour will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15-17. Applications for the tour need to be completed and submitted to EHCC no later than Sept 1.

The Hilo Open Studios Tour is a joint venture by the East Hawaii Cultural Council, Volcano Art Center and the Hawaiian Paradise Park Open Studios Tour.

 

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