HONOLULU (KHON2) — Since March, thousands of small businesses and local families have experienced the toll of a pandemic-stricken economy.
The Henry Kapono Foundation launched the “We are Friends…COVID-19 relief for Hawaii’s music community” fund aimed at helping musicians whose businesses and livelihoods have been impacted by the virus.
In addition to this, the foundation published a list of resources to help with the multitude of hardships that many residents may be facing statewide.
GENERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
- The program provides assistance for Hawai‘i renters who have experienced economic hardship or a reduction in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are at risk of eviction.
- DHHL rental relief program provides rental assistance for Applicant Waiting List beneficiaries. Eligible native Hawaiians who have experienced a loss of income or job as a result of COVID-19 may receive assistance for the payment of their security deposit and/or rent for up to six months. Applicants must have already been on DHHL’s Waiting List as of Dec. 31, 2018.
- Households who demonstrate economic hardship due to COVID-19 can receive up to $2,000 per month for rent, mortgage, certain utilities, etc. and up to an additional $500 per month for childcare services. To learn more and apply, visit honolulu.gov/dcs or call (808) 275-2000 or (808) 596-8155.
- Working with local foundations and businesses, Aloha United Way created the COVID-19 Rent & Utility Assistance Program to provide financial relief quickly to those at risk of losing their home or utility services.
- Provides assistance to renters and homeowners who have experienced or are facing a reduction in income because of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are at risk of eviction or foreclosure.
- Assist families with energy costs by providing a one-time help for utility bills.
- One-time reimbursable grant for businesses making less than $2-5 million in annual revenue.
- Provides emergency financial assistance to Hawaiʻi residents facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COUNTY SPECIFIC ASSISTANCE
Honolulu City and County
- The University of Hawaiʻi is offering free job training for Oʻahu residents who are seeking jobs that local companies are looking to fill.
- The Hawaii State Department of Education is providing grab and go meals for keiki at sites across Oahu.
- Financial assistance for Maui County residents to pay for essential needs due to a layoff, reduction in hours, or loss of income related to COVID-19.
- Provides financial assistance to at-risk individuals for housing costs such as rent, security deposit or utilities or purchase of supplies, including food and sanitization items. Call 241-4673.
- Up to $500 in utility, gas, electric or nongovernment water bill assistance per month for eligible households.
- Hawaii Community Assets and Hawaii Community Lending: 934-0801
- Hope Services Hawaii: 935-3050
- Neighborhood Place of Puna: 965-5550
- Hawaii Island Home for Recovery: 640-4443 or 934-7852
- Habitat for Humanity Hawaii Island: 450-2118
- Program that delivers access to food for families across Hawaii.
- Providing emergency food boxes, meals-to-go as well as emotional and spiritual support at a variety of locations including: Kaneohe Corps., Kaulwela Mission Corps., and Kroc Center Hawaii.
- As Oahu’s oldest, largest and only island-wide meal service for kupuna, Meals on Wheels helps homebound individuals maintain their independence and live with dignity in the comfort of their own home.
- Make sure that your furry friend is taken care of with assistance from the Hawaiian Humane Society.
- A Hawaii nonprofit corporation, that was formed to provided deliveries to those who should stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- $348 per month for people who are temporarily disabled, low income, with no kids. This application is the same the SNAP application
- Are you a recently unemployed or struggling freelancer? Apply here or call 762-5725.
- If you are being evicted, locked out of your home, need shelter or for other housing questions, call Legal Aid at 536-4302.
- Using videoconference, telephone or a secure online platform, an impartial mediator helps owners and tenants discuss options, such as payment plans, temporary rent reduction, deferred payments, and other creative solutions. . There is no cost to participate in this mediation.
E Hoʻi Ke Aloha — Native Hawaiian Arts and Culture Support Fund
- PAʻI Foundation is providing grants of $500 and other support to artists and cultural practitioners who have been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The “Hawaii Restaurant Card”
- Individuals receiving unemployment benefits will automatically get a $500 “Hawaii Restaurant Card” in the mail that can be used at any restaurant in the state. No application is needed.
For more resources, click here.
Latest Stories on KHON2
- Big Game Bound Week 7: Battle of the unbeatens
- COVID-19 cases surge 30% nationwide: Where does your state stand?
- Third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin dismissed in George Floyd death
- Senate panel advances Barrett Supreme Court nomination despite Democrats’ boycott
- Newsfeed Now: Presidential debate preparations; FBI announces possible election interference