Today Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the City and County of Honolulu’s COVID-19 Household Hardship Relief Fund (HHRF) program launched in partnership with Aloha United Way and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA). The relief fund will begin with $25 million targeted to assist those hardest hit with basic needs, such as rent or mortgage, eligible utilities, childcare, and other necessary expenses.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented financial ripple effect in our community,” said Norm Baker, interim AUW President and CEO. “The additional mortgage, rent, and utilities assistance that this program is providing will keep vulnerable families from slipping into poverty.” “Providing support to cover essential bills like rent, mortgage, utilities, and even childcare will give families the stability and peace of mind they need to overcome this unfortunate situation,” added Kūhiō Lewis, CEO for CNHA. “As of 12pm today, CNHA has received over 100 calls and 300 applications for the relief fund.” The program will provide supporting funds to Oʻahu residents in amounts up to $1,000 per month for qualified household expenses and up to $500 per month for qualified childcare expenses to alleviate economic hardships caused by the pandemic. Each household may receive the benefits as the hardship continues up to six months. “This is a prime example of how our government and non-profit organizations can come together to meet the needs of our families, our friends, and our neighbors,” said Mayor Caldwell. “We are grateful to be partnering with Aloha United Way and CNHA.” For more information, Oʻahu residents can reach out to one of our community partners directly:
- Aloha United Way (2-1-1 or 808-275-2000)