Checklist of sources for Hawaiian residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic

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.


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 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.


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.

Maui County

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.

Kauai County

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.

Hawaii Island

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

Unemployment entitlement

  • 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.

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