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Native Hawaiians may qualify for grants related to COVID-19

HONOLULU — Helping Hands Hawai‘i is distributing nearly $60,000 in financial assistance to Native Hawaiian beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920 for COVID-19-related expenses.

Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, rent, mortgage, homeowners association fees, electric, water, child care, phone, cable, car registration and internet.

Beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920 and people on the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands waiting list for lots are eligible to apply for this financial assistance. Applicants must demonstrate hardship due to business closures, employment loss or decrease, and/or increase in expenses directly related to COVID-19.

HHH is actively accepting applications. All funds must be expended by July 31, 2023.

Applicants must complete an online pre-assessment questionnaire to determine initial eligibility. The questionnaire collects information needed by DHHL to confirm if individuals are HHCA beneficiaries or currently on the waitlist.

When DHHL confirms their beneficiary status, HHH will invite applicants to apply for assistance. Those who are ineligible will be referred to other social-service providers.
Source: The Garden Island

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