Coronavirus Rent Assistance

Coronavirus Rent Assistance

Rent Assistance and Mediation Program (RAMP)

We are sorry but the deadline to request an application for our RAMP funding has passed. We received thousands of applications and started to prioritize the applications by area median income. If you have already applied for the program you will be contacted by CCH staff. Mahalo for your patience!

The Rent Assistance and Mediation Program (RAMP), funded by a portion of Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Office of Consumer Protection settlement monies from Honda Motor Co., will benefit Hawai‘i consumers, including renters in distress as a result of the pandemic.

The $6 million program, administered by Catholic Charities Hawai‘i, intends to help tenants avoid eviction by providing rental payments for unpaid rent and mediation services. Rental payments will be considered from January 1, 2021 with a statewide cap of $1,500.00 per household per month. A maximum of up to two (2) months total of past due and ongoing assistance can be provided.

Eligibility

Full-time Hawai‘i residents with a valid and current lease agreement of six months or longer for their primary residence in Hawai‘i must demonstrate 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.

This program cannot pay for rent that has been paid by tenant or another entity. This program cannot make payments for applicants receiving subsidized assistance where applicant pays a percentage of income for rent and the balance is subsidized by government, such as but not limited to: Section 8, Public Housing, etc.

2020 INCOME LIMITS FOR HOUSEHOLDS EARNING
100 PERCENT AREA MEDIAN INCOME

Household
Size
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Honolulu $88,000 $100,800 $113,400 $125,900 $136,000 $146,100 $156,200 $166,200 $176,300 $186,400
Hawai‘i 58,400 66,700 75,000 83,300 90,000 96,700 103,300 110,000 116,700 123,300
Kauai 68,000 77,700 87,400 97,100 104,900 112,700 120,500 128,200 136,000 143,800
Maui 71,800 82,000 92,300 102,500 110,700 118,900 127,100 135,300 143,500 151,700

Maximum Assistance per Applicant

Monthly rent payments of up to $1,500 or mediation services of up to $500 per household, statewide, will be made directly to the landlord or mediation agency. Rent payments can be made in lump sum amounts for a maximum of two months. Payment for mediation services will be up to $500 per household.

Important Tips

  1. Please let your landlord know that you are applying for rental assistance and have their contact information readily available, especially if you are applying online: Name, mailing address, email address, phone number.
  2. Please ensure that you check your email as this will be the main mode of notification and communication.
  3. Actively check and monitor the email address you have provided (especially your spam/junk folder) and actively check your voicemail.
    • Please ensure that the voicemail on the phone number you list is set up and not full.

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