Utility Assistance

Need utility assistance?

If you need help paying your utility bills, the first step is to contact the Nebraska Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Go online to ACCESSNebraska at dhhs-access-neb-menu.ne.gov/start or call 402.595.1258 (Omaha area) or 1.800.383.4278 (Outside Omaha).

Ask about a program called Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) which helps low-income households with water utility services (drinking water or wastewater) costs. The program ends February 28, 2024. For more information, see the brochure below or visit this link.

LIHWAP brochure (English)
LIHWAP brochure (Spanish)

See the “Other Resources” section below for additional state and local relief programs available to homeowners and renters.

If you are not currently eligible to receive assistance through ACCESSNebraska, we encourage you to click the link below to visit one of our partnering agencies and be connected to utility assistance programs.

Partnering Agencies

Or you may call Customer Service at 402.554.6666 to speak with a representative.

To be eligible for assistance, applicants must have verification of a past-due balance or disconnection notice and:

  • Be experiencing an acute financial crisis due to a verifiable emergency (illness, death, layoff, etc.) and have exhausted alternative resources, and
  • Have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, and/or
  • The household contains one or more individuals who are 60+ and the only source of income is social security.
  • Applicants are automatically income-eligible if they currently receive government assistance (ie. SNAP, LIHEAP, ADC, Medicaid, AABD).
  • If you do not meet any of the eligibility requirements in this section and are experiencing an acute financial crisis, reach out to a partnering agency to determine eligibility.

Other Resources

Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) Utility Assistance:
A separate application must be filled out for OPPD utility assistance.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program:

  • For residents in Douglas County, but outside Omaha city limits, visit COPE. Or, call 1-402-616-2330.

Can you help?

M.U.D.’s Home Fund — Connecting those in need with those who can help.

There is a growing need for assistance in our community and the continued success of the fund depends on donations from generous employees, fundraising events and kind-hearted people like you. The fund, established in 1983, assists seniors, people with disabilities and limited-income customers suffering severe financial hardships. To date, it has raised more than $5 million and served more than 37,000 households.

Home Fund logo

Make a Donation

Are you interested in helping someone stay in their home? We’ve made it easy for you to give, and 100 percent of your donation goes directly to helping customers in need.

To make an online, one-time donation, click the link below:

Donate Now

Or, mail your donation to:
Metropolitan Utilities District
Attn: Home Fund
7350 World Communications Dr.
Omaha, NE 68122-4041

You can also write an amount on the front of your monthly bill to begin a monthly pledge. If you would like to round up your bill every month, write “Round Up” in the “Other” line.