Financial assistance available to tenants on land of Hawaiian origin
September 16, 2021, 4:03 PM HST
* Updated September 16 at 11:13 a.m.
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has launched a new Homeowner Assistance Program for tenants who reside on Hawaii lands. The program will help homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgage, utilities, property taxes, insurance or association fees due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The aid program will deploy $ 5 million in federal funds from the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant, in accordance with the Native Americans’ Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA).
“We recognized early in the pandemic the need for mortgage relief on land of Hawaiian origin,” Deputy President Tyler Iokepa Gomes said. âIn April 2020, the ministry launched a mortgage deferral program for DHHL direct loan recipients. We thank our congressional delegation for allocating these funds to provide mortgage relief as well as to help those who may have had difficulty with other housing expenses. “
The Homeowner Assistance Program will be administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA). DHHL also recently partnered with CNHA to expand its emergency rental assistance program.
âThe pandemic continues to devastate our native Hawaiian community, threatening not only the health of our people, but also their financial security,â said CNHA President and CEO KÅ«hiÅ Lewis. “These federal funds are critical to keeping our native Hawaiian ohana in their homes and helping to maintain the stability of our family communities during this crisis.”
Eligible applicants cannot earn more than 80% of Area Median Income (MAI) and will be asked to provide financial documentation as part of the application process.
More information and application forms can be found by visiting hawaiiancouncil.org/kokua.