HONOLULU (KHON2) – Since March, thousands of small businesses and local families have taken the toll of a pandemic-hit economy.
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The Henry Kapono Foundation has launched the “We are Friends … COVID-19 Relief for Hawaii’s Music Community” to help musicians whose businesses and livelihoods are affected by the virus.
The foundation also published a list of resources to help address the myriad of difficulties many residents may face across the country.
GENERAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
State of Hawai’i Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program
- The program provides assistance to Hawaiian renters who have experienced economic hardship or loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are at risk of eviction.
Hawaiian Home Countries Department – COVID-19 Rental Assistance
- The DHHL rental relief program offers rental support for beneficiaries on the applicant’s waiting list. Eligible Native Hawaiians who have suffered loss of income or job loss due to COVID-19 can receive assistance with deposit and / or rent payments for up to six months. Applicants must have been on the DHHL waiting list by December 31, 2018.
COVID-19 Household Aid Fund
- Households experiencing economic difficulties due to COVID-19 can receive up to $ 2,000 per month for rent, mortgage, certain utilities, etc., and up to $ 500 per month for childcare. To learn more and apply, visit honolulu.gov/dcs or call (808) 275-2000 or (808) 596-8155.
Aloha United Way COVID-19 Rental and Supply Assistance
- Working with local foundations and businesses, Aloha United Way created the COVID-19 Rent & Utility Assistance program to provide quick financial relief to those at risk of losing their home or utility.
Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program (RRHAP)
- Provides assistance to tenants and homeowners who have or have experienced a decline in income due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and who are at risk of eviction or foreclosure.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Help families with energy bills by providing a one-time utility bill.
Small Business Relief Fund
- One-time refundable grant for businesses with annual sales of less than $ 2 million to $ 5 million.
Hire Assistance Program (HAP)
- Provides emergency financial assistance to Hawaiian residents in difficulty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COUNTY SPECIFIC HELP
Honolulu City and County
O’ahu Back to work
- The University of Hawaii offers free training to residents of Oahu looking for jobs to fill local businesses.
Keiki Grab and Go meals
- The Hawaii State Department of Education offers take-away meals for Keiki at locations across Oahu.
Hawaii Emergency Response Partnership (HELP) program
- Providing financial assistance to residents of Maui County to meet basic needs due to a layoff, a reduction in work hours, or a loss of income related to COVID-19.
Catholic Charity Program Hawai’i Community Assistance Program – Funds for KAUA’I
- Provides financial support for those at risk for housing costs such as rent, bail, utilities, or the purchase of consumables, including groceries and toiletries. Call 241-4673.
COVID-19 Utility Bill Support
- Up to $ 500 per month in utility, gas, electricity, or NGO water bill support for eligible households.
Hawaii Food Bank
- Program that provides access to food for families across Hawaii.
The Salvation Army
- Providing emergency food boxes, takeaway meals, and emotional and spiritual support in a variety of locations including: Kaneohe Corps., Kaulwela Mission Corps. And Kroc Center Hawaii.
food on wheels
- As the oldest, largest and only island-wide food service for Kupuna in Oahu, Meals on Wheels helps individuals maintain their independence and live dignifiedly in their own homes.
Hawaiian Humane Society pet food bank
- Make sure your furry friend is cared for with support from the Hawaiian Humane Society.
Hawaii help is on the way
- A Hawaii nonprofit organization founded to deliver supplies to those who were supposed to be staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
General support from the DHS
- $ 348 per month for people with temporary disabilities, low incomes, and no children. This application is the same as the SNAP application
- Have you recently been unemployed or having problems with freelancers? Apply here or call 762-5725.
Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
- If you are evicted, locked out of your home, need housing, or have other questions about housing, call Legal Aid at 536-4302.
Free quick response Landlord-tenant brokerage
- Using video conferencing, telephones, or a secure online platform, an impartial mediator helps owners and tenants discuss options such as payment plans, temporary rent reductions, deferred payments, and other creative solutions. . Participation in this mediation is free.
E Hoʻi Ke Aloha – Supporting Hawaiian art and culture Funds
- The PAʻI Foundation is providing grants of US $ 500 and other support to artists and cultural workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The “Hawaii Restaurant Card”
- Individuals on unemployment benefits will automatically receive a $ 500 Hawaii Restaurant Card in the mail that can be used in any restaurant in the state. No application is required.
More resources can be found here.