Coronavirus Rent Assistance
Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program
Do you need rent assistance? The State of Hawai‘i’s Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program provides assistance to Hawai‘i renters and homeowners who have experienced a reduction in income due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are at risk of eviction or foreclosure. The program provides help with housing payments as well as assistance in financial counseling and loan modification. Funded by the Federal CARES Act, the program is administered by Catholic Charities Hawai‘i. The program covers housing payments due between August 1 and December 28, 2020. Applications are due by December 15, 2020.
EligibilityFull-time Hawai‘i residents with a valid and current lease agreement for their primary residence or who own and occupy a housing unit in Hawai‘i must show a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have a gross household income that does not exceed 100% of the HUD Area Median Income for 2020 (see below).
For Eligible Renters
- Monthly rent payments of up to $2,000 per household residing in the City and County of Honolulu, or $1,500 per household residing in the Counties of Hawai‘i, Maui or Kaua‘i.
- Any applicable financial counseling and assistance with rent payment plans or rent negotiation.
For Eligible Homeowners
- Financial and housing counseling services, which include budgeting and foreclosure mitigation.
2020 INCOME LIMITS FOR HOUSEHOLDS EARNING100 PERCENT AREA MEDIAN INCOME
Direct Payment (August 1 – December 28, 2020)Monthly rent payments of up to $2,000 per household on O‘ahu, or $1,500 per household in the Counties of Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i or Maui, will be made directly to the landlord. The program may also provide financial and housing counseling services, including budgeting and loan modifications.
Rent payments can be made in lump sum amounts for up to three months at a time.
The program covers housing payments due between August 1 and December 28, 2020. Applications are due by December 15, 2020.
How to ApplyApplications are due by December 15, 2020.
To apply for the Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program, fill out the application form online.
PDF applications along with required documents may also be submitted via email. Follow the instructions provided on the applications.
Download PDF Application