COVID-19 HARDSHIP RELIEF PROGRAM
The City and County of Honolulu will soon be launching the COVID-19 Hardship Relief Program to help those most economically impacted by shutdowns to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Scheduled to launch on May 18, the relief fund can be used to assist with basic needs including as rent, eligible utilities, childcare, and other essential expenses.
The COVID-19 Hardship Relief program will provide funding support to Oahu residents with amounts up to $1,000 per month for qualified household expenses, and up to $500 per month for qualified childcare expenses to aid in lessening economic hardships caused by the pandemic. Each household may receive continued benefits as hardship continues, up to 6 months.
Qualified expenses will be paid directly to the vendor on behalf of the applicant.
A public-private partnership — that includes the City and County of Honolulu, Aloha United Way, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Helping Hands Hawaii, and other service providers — will work directly with individuals and families dealing with economic hardship to administer these resources and ensure Oahu residents have the support they need.