Coronavirus Rent Assistance

City & County of Honolulu Rental & Utility Relief Program (RURP)

The City and County of Honolulu is expanding eligibility of its Rental and Utility Relief Program (RURP) for renters financially impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. New federal eligibility rules mean more of our neighbors on Oʻahu may now qualify for financial assistance.

Previously, renters were required to prove hardship due to the pandemic. Expanded eligibility means these hardships do not need to be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the program is increasing the length of support to 18 months.

Examples of financial hardship during the pandemic include loss of income since March 2020, loss of a job or reduced hours since March 2020, or an increase in household costs during the pandemic.

More than 13,000 families have received support through the city rent relief program in partnership with Catholic Charities Hawai‘I (CCH). Renters or landlords interested in applying or wanting to learn more should visit by clicking on the link below.

“In our continued partnership with the City, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i is committed to helping people stay safely housed through this rent relief program,” said CCH CEO and president Rob Van Tassell. “This latest round of federal assistance will be beneficial for those with extended loss of employment or continuing to face a reduction in work hours.”

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