Each year, Aloha United Way provides Safety Net funding to agencies working to provide basic human needs and support people experiencing crisis. In 2020, we have invested $1 million into 30 programs that are working in the following five areas of need:

1.  Disaster/Crisis
Provides a broad range of assistance for individuals and families experiencing crisis with a goal of returning the household to stability. The category includes medical care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, family violence services and community disaster response provided as one-time or short-term assistance, but may also include ongoing counseling, case management or care coordination.

Funded Programs:
  • American National Red Cross - Disaster Preparedness & Response
  • Catholic Charities Hawaii - Intake, Information, and Referral
  • Helping Hands Hawaii - Community Clearinghouse
  • The Institute for Human Services - Health Services Program
  • Project Vision Hawaii - HiEHiE Mobile Hygiene Project
  • Waikiki Community Center - Senior Case Coordination
  • Waikiki Health - Youth Outreach Program 

2.  Food
Provides access to food pantries, food banks, food delivery services and served meals programs.

Funded Programs:
  • Aloha Harvest - Rescuing Food to Feed Oahu's Hungry
  • Gregory House Programs - Save the Food Basket
  • Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services - Food Pantry for Elders
  • Lanakila Pacific - Lanakila Meals on Wheels
  • St. Francis Healthcare Foundation of Hawaii, Our Lady of Kea'au - Outreach Program Feeding the Homeless Living Along the Waianae Coast
  • Susannah Wesley Community Center - Food Pantry
  • Waianae District Comprehensive Health and Hospital Board - Hanai Ai O Wai’anae
  • YMCA of Honolulu - Year Round Meals Program

3.  Rent/Utility
Provides rent (or mortgage) and utility financial assistance.  Agencies may pay rent, security deposit, mortgage, and utility expenses to landlords or providers on behalf of eligible clients.

Funded Programs:
  • Domestic Violence Action Center - Emergency Rent and Utilities Payments for Survivor Families
  • Helping Hands Hawaii - Emergency Assistance Program
  • The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division - Family Services Office – Homeless
  • Waimanalo Health Center - Hale Kokua Rent & Mortgage Assistance Program

4.  Shelter
Provides housing and related support services including emergency, transitional, and permanent housing.

Funded Programs:
  • Family Promise of Hawaii - Emergency Shelter for Keiki Experiencing Homelessness
  • Hale Kipa - Shelter Programs
  • The Institute for Human Services - Kaaahi Family Shelter
  • Mental Health Kokua - Safe Haven
  • Residential Youth Services & Empowerment - Outreach and Access Center Services
  • The Mediation Center of the Pacific - Early Access Landlord-Tenant Mediation
  • United States Veterans Initiative - Hawaii (U.S. Vets) - Emergency and Transitional Housing for Homeless and At-Risk Veterans and Families
  • Women in Need (WIN) -  Bridge to Success
  • YWCA O'ahu - Fernhurst

5.   2020-2022 Two-year Grants
Supports startup or pilot programs; programs/services with a higher degree of complexity; initiatives with a greater number of stakeholders or partners; initiatives that require substantial time planning; and new programs that are projected to be financially self-sustaining after the initial two years.

Funded Programs:
  • Aloha Medical Mission - Emergen Teeth
  • Domestic Violence Action Center - Hope Hale - Transitional Housing for Domestic Violence Survivors