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.

  • Kupa‘a Kaua‘i food distribution program will begin Sept. 22nd. You can read the full press release here.
  • Hawaii Restaurant Cards will be mailed to Kauai residents who receive UI benefits beginning Oct 16th. These $500 debit cards can be used at local restaurants. For more information, visit their website: https://www.hawaiirestaurantcard.com/
  • 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.
  • SNAP:  You can apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
  • DaBux: If you receive SNAP benefits, the DaBux program provides 50% discounts on local fruits and vegetables by scanning a DA BUX Access Card at the checkout of any participating grocery store! Don’t have a DA BUX Access Card? Learn how to sign-up for one here.
  • Nourish Kauai provides weekly meals to residents in need on the east side of Kauai. To sign up to receive these benefits, visit their website:  https://www.nourishkauai.org/
  • Kupuna Food Delivery:  Several organizations received CARES Act Grants to provide food delivery for Kupuna.  You can view a list of those programs here.

Find What is Open and Connect with Local Farmers:

You can view a schedule of Farmers Markets on island here.

Malama Kauai’s Buy Local Directory contains a comprehensive and up to date list of farmers markets, CSA delivery options, on-farm pick ups and roadside stands, locally made foods and retail outlet.  You can view their directory here.

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

There are several organizations that provide mental health services on Kauai:

Child & Family Service  (808) 245-5914  – https://www.childandfamilyservice.org/kauai/
Free substance abuse counseling, domestic violence counseling for survivors and offenders
Hale Ho’omalu  (808) 821-2520 – https://www.childandfamilyservice.org/kauai/
Family center in Kapaa, offering counseling for individuals, groups, couples and families.
Nana’s House  (808) 338-0252 – https://www.childandfamilyservice.org/programs/nanashouse/
Family center in Waimea, offering counseling for individuals, groups, couples and families.

Ho’ola Lahui Behavioral Health (808) 240-0194 –    http://www.hoolalahui.org/
Individual therapy on a sliding scale or insurance. Central, east and west side locations.

Kauai Hospice – (808) 245-7277  –  http://kauaihospice.org/support-groups/Bereavement support groups, individual support, and more.

Kauai Family Guidance Center – (808) 274-3883 –  https://health.hawaii.gov/camhd/kauai-family-guidance-center/  Kaua`i Family Guidance Center (KFGC) provides intensive mental health treatment and case management services to the children and families of Kaua`i and Ni`ihau

McKenna Recovery Center– (808) 246-0663 – https://mckennarecoverycenter.com/lihue-kauai/ Substance abuse treatment, case management, and psychiatric services. telehealth available

National Alliance on Mental Illness Kauai – (808) 635-3239 – http://www.namikauai.com/

NAMI is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness, and their loved ones who care for them.

PACT  https://pacthawaii.org/kauai-programs/
Free in-home family therapy

Women in Needhttps://www.winhi.org/winkauai
Substance abuse treatment for women, housing support.

YWCA  (808) 245-5959  Domestic Violence crisis line / (808) 245-6362  https://ywcakauai.org/
Free domestic violence counseling for both survivors and offenders, also trauma focused counseling

 

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.

Youth Enrichment Fee Assistance – Catholic Charities Hawaii will be providing assistance of up to $200.  You can apply by phone 808-241-4673.

The following organizations can provide assistance with paying rent:

Women in Need can provide rent/mortgage assistance  to households and a child care subsidy to Kaua‘i residents who have suffered a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  You can read more details on the press release here.

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. 

RESOURCES FOR JOB SEEKERS

To apply for Unemployment Insurance, visit the Unemployment Insurance website.

Those who were previously ineligible to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Insurance

To search for available jobs, visit HireNet or HI-Employment

Hawaii is Hiring is a new website launched by The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii in close partnership with the Workforce Development Council, UH Community Colleges, American Savings Bank and other community partners.  The website will connect unemployed Hawaii residents, recent graduates and those seeking a career change with tools and programs that will lead them to their next steps. 

Aloha Connects Innovation (ACI) Workforce Hawaii Program is a new initiative led by the Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii (EDAH) to connect workers to and prepare them for job opportunities in Hawaii’s emerging industries and innovation sectors.  To learn more about the program and to sign up to become a host organization or participant, check out their website: https://www.edahawaii.org/aloha-connects-home

The Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative is an educational offering facilitated by HTDC to assist with unemployment and upskilling.   There are3,800 courses and 400 Specializations available for free and learners will have through Dec 31, 2020 to complete their courses. To learn more, check out the HTDC website: https://www.htdc.org/workforce-recovery-initiative-by-coursera/

HOUSING SUPPORT

The following organizations can provide assistance with paying rent:

Women in Need can provide rent/mortgage assistance  to households and a child care subsidy to Kaua‘i residents who have suffered a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  You can read more details on the press release here.

State of Hawaii’s Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program, Aloha United Way has reached processing capacity and will not be able to accept new applications due to the exceptionally high volume of applications received. If you have already submitted an application through AUW or KGEFCU, it will be processed in the order it was received. To help process your application in a timely manner, we ask applicants and landlords to quickly respond to calls and/or emails requesting information.

“KGEFCU partnered with Aloha United Way on the Rent Relief Program to help Kauai households obtain relief funding.  Building capacity to infuse more relief funds for Kauai families is our priority during these challenging times. We are doing everything we can to help our island obtain additional relief funds. Mahalo for your patience and understanding as the state attempts to process thousands of applications in a timely manner.  Together, we will get through these unprecedented times.”

Please continue checking the Aloha United Way website for additional updates; https://www.auw.org/covid-19-assistance-programs

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.

Home Energy Retrofit Savings Program – By participating in a home efficiency self audit, you can receive up to $150 in energy saving equipment for FREE while funding is available.  To complete the survey, visit https://homeefficiency.com/kauai. If you know someone who could benefit but does not have internet access, you can pick-up a paper application at the Lihue Civic Center, 4444 Rice Street Lihue, in the lobby of the Kapule Building (where the DMV is located) or print this application form and share it with them.

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