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



November 1, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COUNTY’S RENTAL, UTILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ANNOUNCES SUCCESSES &

PLANS TO WIND DOWN

Hawaiʻi County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), administered by Hawai‘i Island-based nonprofits, will begin winding down starting today, November 1.

Since launching, ERAP has disbursed nearly $23 million in rent and utility assistance helping more than 7,800 Hawai‘i Island children, and adults prevent eviction, utility shutoffs, and homelessness. Locally and nationally, the program was identified as a best practice in bringing together multiple nonprofit organizations to increase the amount of assistance disbursed to the community.

As the County waits for additional federal funding, there is a limited amount of funds available for rent and utility assistance. In August 2022, the program administrator stopped accepting new applications as they processed applications received and not yet approved for financial assistance. All financial assistance approved moving forward will be prioritized, and funds will be disbursed to households facing eviction, utility shutoff, or who have an unemployed adult individual in their household and are at risk of homelessness. Financial assistance will be paid out on a first-come, first-serve basis. All applicants will be directed to available job opportunities, resources, and services, including landlord-tenant mediation, legal services, and other financial assistance programs.

The County will be working to develop a new rent and utility assistance program that will include connectivity to housing stability services such as workforce development programs, financial empowerment services, community services, and resources and the development of a sustainable housing plan. The County anticipates that this new program will be available in early 2023.

“Ensuring our local families were able to remain in their homes with the lights on through the Pandemic and beyond was and is an absolute priority of ours, and we were honored to have helped almost 8,000 families do just that,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “Injecting nearly $23 million into the community would not have been possible without the amazing nonprofits islandwide that continue to go above and beyond to serve our residents daily. We’d also like to mahalo the staff at our OHCD for their tireless work to attain the funds and coordinate our on-island efforts.”

As the island transitions to post-pandemic times, renters across Hawai‘i Island are encouraged to develop sustainable plans for paying rent and utilities without ERAP assistance. Residents who need assistance transitioning away from ERAP benefits are encouraged to contact the Coordination Center for referrals to resources and services that can assist at this time. Financial counselors are also available at County Financial Empowerment Centers.

Additional services and job openings currently available can be found on our website at www.HawaiiCountyERAP.org or by calling or texting the Coordination Center at

808.501.1413.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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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The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide.

Apply by clicking the positions below.


Youth Development Specialist – Hilo Outreach/Prevention Programs (Full time 40)

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Youth Development Specialist – BIJIAC (Part time 20 hours a week)

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Residential Specialist - Hilo Residential (Full time 40)

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County of Hawaii

The County is hiring for a variety of positions.

More information on how to apply can be found below.


County of Hawai’i’s Job Website https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/countyhawaii

American Job Center 427 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720 | Map/Directions

Telephone: (808) 935-6527


HOUSING STABILITY SERVICES AVAILABLE

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.

IMPACT

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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.