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OHA Makes $1M Available for Emergency Financial Assistance

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced it is making $1 million available for emergency financial assistance for Native Hawaiians.

Native Hawaiians who are at least eighteen years old and in financial hardship are encouraged to apply for OHA’s Ka Wailele Emergency Financial Assistance Program.

Ka Wailele will provide up to $1,500 per household to pay rent, mortgage and utility bills. Payments will be made directly to landlords, mortgage lenders or utility providers.

Sylvia Hussy, the CEO of OHA, said, "We’ve discovered many things that are not uniquely Hawaiian. COVID impacts communities that have multiple generations who are in over-exposed areas of industry."

"We also discovered that there are other communities of like-kinds -- Pacific Island communities, Filipino communities. While Native Hawaiians do have demographics and disproportionate impacts on health because of our underlying conditions, the solutions were community-based. What is good for Native Hawaiians is good for all of our communities," she said.

For more information on how to apply, click here.

Zoe Dym is a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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