Frequently Asked Questions
- What is HCAP?
- What does HCAP do?
- What is HCAP's mission?
- What programs does HCAP offer?
- Who is eligible for these programs?
- Where does HCAP have its programs?
- How does HCAP help people become self-sufficient?
- How does HCAP determine self-sufficiency?
- Where does HCAP's funding come from?
- Who runs HCAP?
- HCAP: Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been serving O'ahu's needy population since 1965. return to top
- HCAP offers many programs and services to assist individuals and families gain self-sufficiency. Annually, HCAP impacts nearly 12,000 families on O'ahu. return to top
- POI: Providing Opportunities and Inspiration to enable low-income individuals or families to achieve self-reliance. return to top
- HCAP offers programs and services in these six major program areas:
1. Early Childhood Development (Head Start Part-Day Part-Year, Full-Day Full-Year, Pre-School, Parenting Teens)
2. Education (Youth programs, Competency-Based programs, Adult GED)
3. Employment and Job Training for Youth, Adults and Seniors
4. Economic Development (Energy Assistance and Small Business Development Assistance)
5. Emergency Services (federal surplus and emergency food, clothing, bus passes, homeless outreach, and housing referrals)
6. Advocacy and Community Development (Legislative Briefs, mentoring programs, Fatherhood program, community leadership development) return to top
- Generally, programs are delivered to benefit low-income and disadvantaged clients. Eligibility for individual programs varies based on specific guidelines set by funding organizations. For information on specific programs, please contact the program directly. return to top
- HCAP has more than 100 sites on O'ahu where programs are delivered. Our Head Start program serves 1,650 preschool children annually. They are enrolled in over 85 Head Start classrooms or in one of our Home-Based or Family Child Care programs. In addition, there are five District Centers strategically located around the island, three of which offer employment programs. HCAP program offices are located in Kapalama and Kunia. The main office is located in downtown Honolulu. return to top
- HCAP uses a client-centered approach to assist individuals gain self-sufficiency. The process starts with an assessment of each client's needs followed by the setting of goals and identifying means and methods to achieve them. The goals reflect the desired self-sufficiency benchmarks set by each client. Referrals to relevant programs and services are then made to guide each client along his/her chosen path towards attaining self-sufficiency. return to top
- Although self-sufficiency levels are defined differently by each client, HCAP generally identifies individuals or families as self-sufficient by their independence from any public assistance. return to top
- HCAP's funding comes primarily from federal, state, city and county contracts and grants. The remaining portion comes from private foundations and resources. return to top
- HCAP is governed by a board of directors composed of 21 individuals with equal representation from the low income community, public and private sectors. return to top