Bill Payments and Essential Need Support = H.E.L.P.
The Hawai’i Emergency Laulima Partnership (H.E.L.P.) program provides financial assistance for Maui County residents who have lost income related to COVID-19. Assistance can be used for essential needs such as food, personal hygiene, medicine, rent, mortgage, utility services, phone or internet services, car payments, and other necessities. To qualify, you need to show a 25% or more reduction in income after March 4, 2020 and have less than $5,000 in liquid assets. Families that qualify can receive up to $440 (family size 1-2), $585 (family size 3-4), $730 (family size 5-6), and $880 (family size 3-4). If you and your family need H.E.L.P. assistance the easiest way is to apply online at www.meoinc.org or call 249-2990 or 249-2980 (Monday through Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm, excluding holidays).
Small Business Support = Kokua Maui County Small Business Recovery & Relief Fund
Small business operators are encouraged to apply for grants up to $7,500 from the new Kokua Maui County Small Business Recovery & Relief Fund to assist them with COVID-19 impacts. The $3 million recovery and relief program is using CARES Act dollars in partnership with the County of Maui and six local Federal Credit Unions to help small businesses. The program covers reimbursable business expenses such as rent/lease payments, utility payments and COVID-19-related safety precautions at the place of business. Online applications for the grant program started Monday, August 3.
Businesses eligible to apply must have a physical commercial/industrial business location within Maui County; an active registered Trade Name with the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA); a current General Excise Tax (GET) license as proof of registration for doing business in the State of Hawaii; established prior to March 20, 2019, which should be reflected on the business’ GET license as the starting date; have less than $1 million in annual gross revenue; and be operating at time of application. Go to www.covid19mauinui.com/kokua-maui-county to download an application.
Child Care Support = Child Care Connection
The Child Care Connection Hawaii (CCCH) subsidy program helps low-income families to sustain their employment, educational efforts and job training by paying a subsidy for their children who are in the care of DHS-approved child care providers. Unless child care is required for protective purposes, families must meet income and activity requirements to qualify for this subsidy program. During COVID through December eligibility has been modified to help more families. To learn more go to https://humanservices.hawaii.gov/bessd/ccch-subsidies/
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