Coronavirus Rent Assistance

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.

Eligibility

Full-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 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
Hawaii 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

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 Apply

Applications are due by December 15, 2020.

To apply for the Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program, fill out the application form online.
Apply Online


PDF applications along with required documents may also be submitted via email. Follow the instructions provided on the applications.
Download PDF Application

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