Are you struggling to pay your bills after being furloughed or losing your job due to the shutdown? The Hawai’i Emergency Laulima Partnership (H.E.L.P.) program may be able to help.
H.E.L.P. 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. The application form and easy-to-follow video instructions are available on MEO’s home page. Applicants are encouraged to apply online, but if you don’t have internet access please call 249-2990 or 249-2980 (Monday through Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm, excluding holidays) and an application will be mailed to you, along with a self-addressed stamp. In-person applicants are discouraged, but can be scheduled in advance and you can also email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants are asked to remember to submit all required supporting documents. These include: proof of unemployment filing or if self-employed GET records for the 2019 4th quarter with current records showing a 25% or more loss of income, copy of your most recent tax filing to determine family size, your most recent bank or saving statement showing you have less than $5,000 in liquid assets, a copy of your photo I.D, and copies of rental agreements, mortgage payments, utility, phone and/or internet bills, etc.
Only one member per household may receive assistance that will be paid directly to your landlord, mortgage lender, or utility company. No direct payment will be made to applicants, however purchase orders or checks made out to merchants shall be provided for food. If you’ve already received assistance you can apply for a second round of funding on MEO’s home page. Additional documentation is not needed for second-time applicants, except for a copy of a bill to be paid or for food vouchers.
Applications can also be submitted at one of the secured drop boxes located at the front parking lot of the MEO office at 99 Mahalani Street or at the front entrance of the Kalana O Maui (County) Building in Wailuku; 380 Kolapa Place, Kaunakakai on Molokai; and 1144 Ilima #102, Lanai City on Lanai.
For more information don’t hesitate to reach out by emailing email@example.com or calling 249-2990. These are unprecedented times and H.E.L.P. is here if you need it.
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