CHANGES TO HAWAIʻI COUNTY EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

CHANGES TO HAWAIʻI COUNTY EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Seven local nonprofit organizations joined Mayor Mitch Roth today to announce sweeping changes to the
Hawaiʻi County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to provide a safety net for local renters in
financial hardship. The announcement comes as the State of Hawaiʻi and Federal rental eviction moratoriums
have ended.
Program changes will include the following:
 Grants will be available for past due rent and utilities, three
months of rent in advance, rental deposits, and temporary
hotel or motel stays.
 All Hawaiʻi Island renters below 80% area median income
(see right) who provide an unemployment letter or attest to
financial hardship in writing will be eligible for grant
assistance.
 Grants will be available through June 30, 2022, pending the
availability of funds.
 Temporary housing options will be made available at hotels
and motels for local renters who have experienced eviction
or are currently houseless.
 Additional Housing Navigators will be hired and trained to help local renters find housing that is
affordable.
 Rental deposit funds up to one additional month’s rent will be made available to landlords and property
management companies who rent to low-income Hawaiʻi Island renters supported by Housing
Navigators.
 Fees for rental applications, moving costs, damages to hotel and motel stays beyond normal wear-andtear, and legal services will be funded for qualified, low-income renters.
 Financial counseling and affordable loans for low-income renters will be offered through Financial
Empowerment and Opportunity Centers.
 Increased legal services and landlord-tenant mediation will be available to assist more local renters in
need.
 Community Navigators will be hired and trained to go out into hard-to-reach communities to promote
financial assistance available to renter households facing hardship.
“It’s important for our community to know that we are here for them and that we are doing all we can to make
sure that these funds end up in the hands of those who need it most,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “We are asking

everyone out there who may be experiencing a hard time to just try and apply. A little bit of help can go a long
way in ensuring that our local families keep the roofs over their head as we head into the holiday season.”
The Mayor and ERAP nonprofit partners are encouraging community groups, faith-based organizations,
employers, public agencies, utility companies, landlords, service providers, and policymakers to help share the
announcement island-wide.

# Household Members
Annual Household Income Maximum
1 $47,950
2 $54,800
3 $61,650
4 $68,500
5 $74,000
6 $79,500
7 $84,950
8 $90,450
ERAP is funded by the County of Hawaiʻi through federal funding and will provide grants to an estimated 2,000
local renter households whose income qualifies and attest to financial hardship in writing. Funding is limited to
renters who live on Hawaiʻi Island. Households are limited to 15 months of total grant assistance, including
assistance from previous programs.
All renters who have annual household incomes below 80% area median should apply through one of the
nonprofit partners listed below. Persons without internet access or a
computer are encouraged to call one of the ERAP nonprofit partners
to request a paper application or complete an application over the
phone.
ERAP Qualifications
To qualify for grants for past due rent or utilities, three months of
rent in advance, rental deposits, or temporary hotel or motel stays,
applicants must meet the following qualifications:
 Be a Hawai’i Island renter
 At least 18 years old
 Proof of financial hardship (provide an
unemployment/PUA approval letter or request an
attestation form from nonprofit providers to confirm
financial hardship in writing)
 2020 or current annual gross household income at or below
80% of area median income for the number of members in
their household. See the chart above to determine if your
household income qualifies.
ERAP prioritizes households at or below 50% of area median
income with household members who have been unemployed for 90
days preceding the date of the application.
Required Documents
Applicants will be required to submit the following documents with
their applications to be considered for rent or utility assistance:
Proof of Resident and Age
 Copy of photo ID
Income Documents for ALL household members (provide all that
apply)
 All pages and scheduled for 2020 Federal Tax Form
OR
 30 days most recent pay stubs
 1 month most recent business bank statements (if selfemployed)
 Unemployment or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
(PUA) benefit letter
 Public benefit statements
Go Online or Contact Any Nonprofit Partner to
Apply
HOPE Services
357 Waianuenue Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720
www.hopeserviceshawaii.org
808.935.3050 ERAP@hopeserviceshawaii.org
Hawaii First Federal Credit Union
1221 Kilauea Avenue, Suite 150
Hilo, HI 96720
www.hawaiifirstfcu.com
808.933.6600
empower@hawaiifirstfcu.com
Neighborhood Place of Puna
16-105 Opukahaia Street
Keaau, HI 96749
www.neighborhoodplace.org
808-965-5550
ERAP@neighborhoodplace.org
Habitat for Humanity Hawaii Island
73-4161 Uluwini Place
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
www.habitathawaiiisland.org/
808.843.0071
rmap@habitathawaiiisland.org
The Salvation Army
219 Ponahawai Street
Hilo, HI 97620
hawaii.salvationarmy.org
808.935.1277
Hilo.ERAP@usw.salvationarmy.org
Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council
47 Rainbow Drive
Hilo, HI 96720
www.hceoc.net
808.932.2714
ERAP@hceoc.net
County of Hawai`i is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.
 Other income documentation (child/alimony support letter, pension/retirement statement)
Housing
 Copy of completed, current, and signed rental lease/contract
Proof of Hardship (provide 1 of the following)
 Unemployment or PUA approval letter
 Written attestation (request from nonprofit)
Housing Assistance Need (provide 1 of the following)
 Past due rent notice with the amount owed
 Eviction notice with the amount owed
 Past-due utility notice
For more information or to apply, visit www.HawaiCountyERAP.org.

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