LIHU‘E — The County of Kaua‘i’s Coronavirus Rental and Utility Assistance Program, administered by Kaua‘i Federal Credit Union, has reopened, and officials are encouraging renters and landlords in need of financial assistance to apply, at kauairenthelp.com.
“We are incredibly grateful to our partners with Kaua‘i Federal Credit Union for their efforts to continue to this program, as many in our community are still struggling to make ends meet,” said Mayor Derek Kawakami.
“We also thank our partners with Hawaiian Community Assets for helping residents who are also preparing to transition out of financial assistance.”
In the past, funding for the CRUA program was limited to renters and landlords who suffered financial hardship due to the pandemic. That scope has since expanded, and the program can now accommodate renters or landlords who have experienced financial hardship anytime during the pandemic.
“We want to encourage anyone needing financial assistance to call or email Kaua‘i FCU if they have any questions about eligibility,” said County Housing Agency Director Adam Roversi.
“There may be something we can do that wasn’t an option during our previous program. Please call if you’d like to know what your options are and if there are other resources you may be eligible for and can utilize,” said Roversi.
As the island transitions to post-pandemic times, renters across Kaua‘i are also encouraged to develop sustainable plans for the payment of rent and utilities without CRUA assistance.
Residents who need assistance transitioning away from CRUA benefits are welcome to contact the Kaua‘i Financial Opportunity Center run by Hawaiian Community Assets.
The Financial Opportunity Center has federal-certified counselors who can work with residents to find financial solutions that fit their families, including grant and loan options.
For assistance and more information on this service, call 808- 784-3841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Kaua‘i’s Coronavirus Rental and Utility Assistance Program, visit kauairenthelp.com, email email@example.com or 808-482-3777.
Source: The Garden Island
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