Hawaii County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Grants for Rent, Utilities, and Rental Deposits to Low-Income Hawaii Island Renters

Limited funds may be available for temporary motel stays for low-income Hawaii Island renters enrolled in Housing Navigation services


Job Openings Available - Apply Today!

Hawaii First Federal Credit Union

Hawaii First FCU has been serving our community for 60 years! We serve members island-wide with branches located in Kamuela and Hilo. Our mission statement is “Empowering Our Community by Serving Hawaii First!” and we strive to provide exceptional financial and empowerment services to meet the needs of our members and our community. Our vision is to be a place of help, hope and happiness.

Member Service Representative - Hilo Branch

  • Member / Customer service and office experience required

  • On the job training will be provided

Loan Processor – Hilo Branch

  • Member / Customer service and office experience required

  • On the job training will be provided

Empowerment Services Representative – Full-time at the Hilo Community Resource Center

  • Customer service and office experience required

  • Previous jobs held could be but not required: counseling, social service, non-profit, front desk

  • On the job training will be provided

Apply Online Here

HOPE Services Hawaii

HOPE Services is a Hawai'i Island based nonprofit agency commited to making homelessness on our island more rare, brief, and nonrecurring. We accomplish this by emplowering families and individuals with the support they need to become housed. Our programs include street outreach, emergency shelter, rental assistance and more. In 2021, HOPE provided support and housing-focused services to 1,422 people islandwide, helping 814 Hawai'i Island households stabilize and restore a foundation to live healthy lives. Our reach is possible because of the dedication of HOPE staff - aligned with our mission "to bring to life the gospel values of justice, love, compassion and hope, through service, emplowerment and advocacy."

Apply by clicking the positions below.

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Housing Navigators can help you find rental housing.

Find a Housing Navigator in Your Community.

Navigate and connect to community services to address critical financial, housing, and health-related issues.

Contact the Coordination Center Today.

Meet with a coach to build a budget, create a financial action plan, and find affordable loans.

Enroll in a Financial Empowerment Center.

Obtain free legal advice for rental evictions and understand tenants rights.

Contact Legal Aid Society of Hawaii Today.

Meet with a mediator to find an agreement that works for the renter and landlord.

Sign Up for Free Landlord-Tenant Mediation.


Below is our program data dashboard. The dashboard automatically shows cumulative results for All Weeks. It is unnecessary to double click for All Weeks. If you double click All Weeks, the data will show as double the amount of actual cumulative data.

The Hawaii County Emergency Rent Assistance Program nonprofit providers give priority to applications from households at or below 50% area median income, including those with a household member who has been unemployed for at least 90 days. Priority actions include processing such applications ahead of all other applications received.