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Program Purpose

The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement is partnering with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to provide rental assistance for families impacted by the pandemic.

Eligible Expenses

  • Rent (maximum of 12 months)

  • Back rent from March 13, 2020 to current

  • Utilities (electric, gas, water/sewer, trash)

  • Back payment on utilities going back to March 13, 2020

Funds will go directly to vendors whom you have an obligation with.

E kala mai, we have reached the limit of applications we are able to process.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be Native Hawaiian

  • Rent housing in the State of Hawaiʻi

  • Be 18 years or older

  • Prove one or members of household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or other financial hardship due to COVID-19

  • Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, unsafe or unhealthy living conditions, or any other evidence of such risk

  • Meet income qualification—less than 80% Area Median Income (AMI). Amount differs by county. See the chart below.  Priority will be given to those under 50% AMI

Required Documents

  • Photo ID & Proof of Residency (one of the following):

    • Valid Hawaiʻi State ID,

    • Hawaiʻi Driver License

    • U.S. Passport showing residency​

  • Proof of Hardship (all that are applicable):​

    • Eviction Notice 

    • Past due bills

    • Unemployment (UI) Document

    • Reduction in income or increase in living expenses

  • Income Statement:

    • Documentation that shows income is at or below 80% AMI from everyone in the household

      • 2020 Tax Documents (i.e., 1040, W2, 1099), OR

      • 2 Months most recent income verifying documents

        • example: paystubs, UI statements, public benefit statements, other income

  • Bill Documentation:

    • lease/rental agreement​

    • utilities

  • Housing Counseling

    • ​All approved applications will be referred for individualized Housing Counseling

80% Area Median Income (AMI) Table for Hawaiʻi

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2021 80 percent AMI
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