COVID-19 ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Please note: 

The agency processing your application will contact you directly for more information and/or when your application is approved. 
 
Please do not call 211 to inquire about an application you have already submitted. 211 operators do not have access to rental relief applications or current status information. 
 

Together we will rise up to meet the critical human services for our most vulnerable in Hawaiʻi in this time of crisis.


STATE OF HAWAI'I RENT RELIEF AND HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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.

To Apply:

Click here to fill out the online application

List of Required Documents          FAQ          FLIER (Please Share)

Eligibility

The program provides assistance for Hawai‘i renters who have experienced a reduction in income because of unemployment or a reduction in work hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are at risk of eviction. Payments will be made directly to landlords (up to $1,500 for Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island households, and up to $2,000 for O‘ahu households.) Rent payments can be made in lump-sum amounts for up to three months sat a time.

You can apply for the Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program if you:

  • Are a full-time Hawai‘i resident.
  • Have proof of a valid and current lease agreement for primary residence in the state of Hawai‘i.
  • Are 18 years of age or older.
  • Can demonstrate a loss of income directly resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Can demonstrate that your current household income does not exceed 100% Area Median Income.

This program is funded by the Federal CARES Act and administered in collaboration with the State of Hawai‘i, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i, Aloha United Way (AUW) and our AUW partner agencies.

IN DEVELOPMENT: Final details are being worked out on a separate program to cover past-due rent and mortgage payments with due dates back to March 1, 2020. Once the program details have been finalized, the Governor’s office will make a formal announcement and this AUW website page will be updated. You can also access information on program developments here: HiHousingHelp.com


CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU HOUSEHOLD HARDSHIP RELIEF FUND

APPLY HERE          MORE INFORMATION          LIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

City & County of Honolulu – Household Hardship Relief Fund provides assistance for Oahu residents who have experienced a loss of income and/or increased financial need directly resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

To inquire about an application you have already submitted, please contact 808-543-2247 or CommunityImpact@auw.org Response times may be longer than usual due to extremely high application volume.

Eligible households may receive up to $2,000 per month for:

  • Mortgage payment
  • Rent payment
  • Utility payment (electric and/or gas, internet and phone)
    • Water is not covered.
  • Licensed eldercare services

And up to $500 for:

  • Licensed childcare services or DHS provider

Eligible applicants must: 

  • Reside in Honolulu County
  • Demonstrate hardship due to business closure, employment loss or decrease in income, and/or increase in expenses directly related to COVID-19
  • Have a current income of less than 100% AMI

  • Have less than $15,000 in liquid assets (cash, checking and/or savings accounts and other investment accounts)
  • Have current income that does not exceed pre-COVID income (prior to March 4, 2020)

DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS COVID-19 EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

FOR DHHL RENT ASSISTANCE CALL 211 OR CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

DHHL rental relief program provides rental assistance for Applicant Waiting List beneficiaries.   Eligible native Hawaiians both on and off Hawaiian Home Lands 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 December 31, 2018.
 

Funding

DHHL’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides eligible beneficiaries with rental assistance using $7 million in Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant (NHHBG) funds. These funds were made available in accordance with the Native Hawaiian Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) and other federal laws, including Public Law 115-141 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018. The Consolidated Appropriations Act allows NHHBG funds to be used to provide rental assistance to native Hawaiian families both on and off Hawaiian Home Lands.  


ALOHA UNITED WAY COVID-19 RENT & UTILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

IF YOU NEED HELP CALL 211 OR EMAIL INFO211@AUW.ORG.

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.  The program supported individuals and families for any rent/utility arrears accumulated from March 15, 2020. (Currently at capacity)

Funding

The program is funded as part of the Hawaii COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund in collaboration with community partners and foundations.

Harold K. L.  Castle Foundation   ·   HEI Charitable Foundation

J. Watumull Fund     ·     American Savings Bank