State Launches Native Hawaiian Rental Assistance Program
Eligible Hawaiian beneficiaries could get help paying rent for up to six months.
In an effort to curb the widespread economic impacts of COVID-19, the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and Aloha United Way announced a new program today that will help beneficiaries pay for rent and security deposits for up to six months.
DHHL will use $7 million in federal funding to assist eligible Native Hawaiians currently on the department’s waitlist for housing. To qualify, applicants must have been on DHHL’s waitlist as of Dec. 31, 2018, and lost their jobs or part of their wages due to COVID-19, as well as other requirements. Also, eligible Hawaiians cannot earn more than 80% of the area median income—$54,400 for singles, $62,150 for couples and $77,700 for a family of four.
The state estimates that the new program could help prevent more than 2,500 families and individuals from being evicted while they wait for DHHL homestead housing.
The number of new COVID-19 cases per day in Hawai‘i has remained in the single digits for the past few weeks, leading officials to begin reopening the state in phases. Today, there were two new cases reported.