Residents of Honolulu who have not yet applied for the Rental and Utility Relief Program will have the chance to do so at an upcoming in-person enrollment event in Hauula.
Utility relief enrollment
According to the Star-Advertiser, this event is specifically for first-time applicants. It will be held this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hauula Community Center on 54-10 Kukuna Road. According to city officials, requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
To participate in the event, renters must bring certain documents, such as a driver’s license, state ID card, or government-issued photo ID. They should also have copies of signed Social Security cards for all household members, any overdue rent or utility bills, and their most recent tax documents, pay stubs, or other proof of income.
Since its introduction, the Rental and Utility Relief Program has proven to be immensely helpful for Oahu residents and families struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program has successfully disbursed over $216 million in federal funds to more than 16,000 families. Providing up to six months of rental and utility aid to eligible renters has effectively eased some of the challenges brought about by the pandemic.
Last week, the program’s online portal quickly reached its limit and could no longer accept applications due to high demand. However, thanks to the Honolulu City Council’s approval of $25 million in State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, the program will temporarily reopen this summer. Honolulu City Councilmember Matthew Weyer was crucial in organizing the in-person enrollment event.
Attention all first-time applicants seeking rental and utility relief! An incredible opportunity awaits you at the Hauula Community Center this Saturday. Simply gather the required documentation, make your way there, and embark on your journey towards accessing the much-needed support. Remember that assistance will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, so arriving early and securing your spot in line is advisable.