Kūpa‘a Kaua‘i: A Unified Vision for Our Island’s Recovery

For Residents

 

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, our local nonprofits, community leaders, and local/state government have mobilized resources to support the most essential needs in our county.  Click on the image on the left to view the full list of resources.

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FOOD SUPPORT

A printable list of available food resources for Kauai residents can be found here.

  • Hawaii Department of Education: The DOE is providing grab and go meals.
  • SNAP:  You can apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
  • Nourish Kauai provides weekly meals to residents in need on the east side of Kauai. Meals are distributed at St Catherine’s church on Wednesdays from 5-6pm but advanced registration is required.  To sign up to receive this benefit and order your meal, visit the Nourish website:  https://www.nourishkauai.org/
  • Malama KauaiEmergency Food Resources provides a complete list of food pantries on Kauai and the Keiki Food Access link has a list of free food resources for Keiki.

Find What is Open and Connect with Local Farmers:
The Kauai Food Providers Map – this map displays the hours and locations of local restaurants and food providers on Kauai.  Additional websites that connect residents to local food include:

The Kauai Humane Society offers assistance for pet owners, including a pet food bank.  

 

HEALTH RESOURCES

For the latest health information and updates on COVID-19, visit the following websites:

The Hawaii Department of Health Home Care Guide provides instructions for what to do if you feel sick:

For Health Care access and assistance as well as COVID-19 testing information, see the flyer below.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

No cost mental health services are available for uninsured or under-insured community members.
 

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

Hawaii Resilience FundHo’ala Assistance Program – The purpose of the program is to provide one-time emergency financial assistance (up to $1000 per household) to Hawaiʻi residents facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following organizations can provide assistance with paying rent:
Aloha United Way Rent and Utility Assistance Program can provide up to $1000 a month per household for rent and utility assistance.

Catholic Charities Hawaii Community Assistance Fund is available to help Kauai residents. Affected Kaua‘i residents seeking assistance can contact Catholic Charities Hawai‘i’s Lihu‘e office at (808) 241-4673 to see if they qualify.

Kauai Economic Opportunity COVID-19 Rent and Utility Assistance Program can help Kauai residents. Review this checklist or call 808-245-4077 for more information.

Family Life Center can assist those experiencing houselessness, eviction or late notices. Call 808-212-0850 to find out if you qualify for assistance. 

The County of Kauai and KGEFCU emergency funds loan – This program is no longer accepting applications.

For questions about the Economic Impact Payments (Stimulus Checks), visit the IRS website.

UNEMPLOYMENT

To apply for Unemployment Insurance, visit the Unemployment Insurance website.
Those who were previously ineligible to receive Unemployment can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Insurance
To search for available jobs, visit HireNet or HI-Employment

HOUSING SUPPORT

The Kaua‘i County Housing Agency and the Office of the Mayor are implemented a new program that offers emergency rental, mortgage, and utility assistance.  This program can provide payments of up to $1,500 per month for a maximum of three months.  Update: Given the overwhelming community response, this program has reached its current capacity of applicants and is no longer accepting new applicants. Applications who have already been received and those already on the waiting list are being processed as quickly as possible.  If additional funds become available for this program, we will notify the community of the reopening of the program. Mahalo.

The following organizations can provide assistance with paying rent:
Aloha United Way Rent and Utility Assistance Program can provide up to $1000 a month per household for rent and utility assistance.

Catholic Charities Hawaii Community Assistance Fund is available to help Kauai residents. Affected Kaua‘i residents seeking assistance can contact Catholic Charities Hawai‘i’s Lihu‘e office at (808) 241-4673 to see if they qualify.

Kauai Economic Opportunity COVID-19 Rent and Utility Assistance Program can help Kauai residents. Review this checklist or call 808-245-4077 for more information.

Family Life Center can assist those experiencing houselessness, eviction or late notices. Call 808-212-0850 to find out if you qualify for assistance.

A full listing of housing assistance resources can be found below.

UTILITY SUPPORT

There are several programs to help residents pay their current utility bills as well as programs intended to provide assistance with home energy efficiency.

To support residents with current utility bills, many service providers are willing to waive late fees and maintain service for those affected by the pandemic. See the list below or contact your service provider directly.

It’s also time for the annual Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  You can apply from June 1 – June 30th using this application.  The application allows you to apply for one of the following programs.

  • Energy Crisis Intervention (ECI) – assists needy households in crisis, the electric or gas service has been or will be disconnected.
    Energy Credit (EC) – assists needy households who are not in crisis but need assistance with bill payment for the heating and cooling of their residence. 

Home Energy Retrofit Savings Program – By participating in a home efficiency self audit, you can receive $150 in energy saving equipment for FREE.  To complete the survey, visit https://homeefficiency.com/self-audit/.  If you know someone who could benefit but needs help with the online tool, email info@kauaichallenge.org for more information.

Home Energy Savings

HOW TO HELP

Volunteer or donate to local nonprofit organizations.  You can donate to the Hawaii Community Foundation to support Kauai specific or statewide efforts to respond to COVID-19, using this donor link.

If you are a community organization seeking volunteers, or an individual wishing to volunteer, you can sign-up with the Kanu Hawaii Respond with Aloha program.

If you don’t face high risks for COVID-19, consider volunteering to inspect, sort and pack food in the Hawaii Foodbank warehouse.

Share your story about the community pulling together during this time.

 

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