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Catholic Charities Hawaii Offers Services for COVID-19 Assistance

April 27, 2020

As we all face the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i continues to carry out our existing 40+ programs and services with adjustments to health precautions and social distancing. We have also added additional services to assist in the social and economic effects of COVID-19. The health crisis has affected our island community with job loss, financial insecurity, and isolation. We’re here to help.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Through our partnerships with Hawaii Community Foundation, Aloha United Way and other funding sources, we are coordinating funds to qualifying individuals and families struggling to make ends meet as a result of COVID-19.

Catholic Charities Hawai‘i Community Assistance Program – Funds for KAUA‘I

Funds made possible by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation - Hawai‘i Resilience Fund Financial assistance for Kaua‘i residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will provide financial assistance to at-risk individuals and families for housing costs such as rent, security deposit or utilities or purchase of supplies, including food and sanitization items.

Priority of assistance services will be given to vulnerable populations, including:

  • The elderly
  • Those with disabilities
  • Those who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless
  • Low-income/loss of income households

ALOHA UNITED WAY COVID-19 Rent & Utilities Assistance Program (CRUA) – Funds for O‘AHU, MAUI, KAUA‘I

Provides financial relief to individuals and families those at risk of losing their home or utility services. The program will support for any rent/utility arrears accumulated from March 15, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Pre-COVID household income at or below 80% of AMI (Area Median Income)
  • Documentation showing the loss of employment or a decrease in hours
  • Documentation showing filing for unemployment or partial unemployment
  • Client reports liquid assets of $1,000 or less
  • Rent payment of one month’s rent up to a maximum of $1,000
  • Each household may apply once each month up to three months

COUNSELING SERVICES

Anxiety levels are high for many during these uncertain times. Our professional Counseling Center therapists are meeting with folks virtually via Telehealth for consultations and sessions. They are available to meet with individuals, families, youth, couples to address their mental health needs.

PHONE A FRIEND FOR SENIORS

To help seniors who are in the highest risk group, our new Phone a Friend Program is offering friendly check-in calls for isolated seniors with the help of volunteers. Regularly scheduled calls provide social interaction, decrease loneliness, and allows a safety check for isolated, homebound seniors.

We are grateful for your support and partnership to carry out the social mission of the Church. Together we are stronger!

Sign-up for updates on CCH services and resources at www.catholiccharitieshawaii.org.

Catholic Charities Hawaii COVID-19 Services Contact Info:
Rental/Utility Assistance on Kauai:  (808) 241-4673
Rental/Utility Assistance on Oahu: (808) 521-4357
Rental/Utility Assistance on Maui: (808) 873-4673
Counseling Center Services: (808) 520-7721
Phone-a-Friend for Seniors: (808) 527-4777
General Information and Referral Information: (808) 521-4357