HCAP Weekly April 22, 2019

WAP Client Receives New Water Heater and Energy Star Refrigerator
Leeward Kupuna Visit Ma’o Organic Farms
Kumuhonua Resident Secures Affordable Rental Housing
District Service Center Staff Attend LIHEAP Training
Current Employment Opportunities at HCAP


WAP Client Receives New Water Heater and Energy Star Refrigerator

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David first heard about the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) by a family member who had received WAP services in the past. The relative said it was easy to apply and told him to call HCAP’s Leeward District Service Center.

David was very interested in the WAP program as he and his family has been dealing with a broken water heater and a high electricity bill. He wasted no time in calling the Leeward District Service Center to apply for the program. Within a couple weeks of applying, his home was audited for WAP services. Through the WAP program, David received a new hybrid water heater and an Energy Star refrigerator.

David will also be applying for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)’s Energy Credit in June for additional assistance with his electric bill. He does at-home dialysis, which uses a significant amount of electricity. If approved, David will receive assistance with the cost of his electric bill. These installations, paired with LIHEAP, should give his family some financial relief in the near future. David is very grateful for the help of HCAP’s programs and the help he has received.


Leeward Kupuna Visit Ma’o Organic Farms

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Last week, participants of Leeward District Service Center’s Kupuna Independent Life Series took a field trip to Ma’o Organic Farms. It was a fun-filled and informative excursion, as the kupuna learned the true meaning of Ma’o Organic Farms’ slogan, “No Panic, Go Organic!”.

Ma’o Organic Farms’ mission is to restore a thriving and resilient community food and education system while cultivating youth leadership in Waiʻanae.  Kukui and her daughter Hiwa, both Ma’o staff members, gave  kupuna  a tour of the fields and discussed the fruits, vegetables, and plants that grown at the farm. At the end of the farm tour, the staff of Ma’o Farms gave a food demonstration of a healthy, organic meal: salad and corned beef with leeks. The kupuna assisted the staff with the food preparation.

The kupuna were humbled by the mission of Ma’o, and the organization’s commitment to ensure they enact their kuleana (responsibility) to take care of their beloved ʻāina (land). They ended their field trip feeling empowered to make healthy choices with their diet such as buying organic produce or even starting an organic garden in their own backyard.


Kumuhonua Resident Secures Affordable Rental Housing

Veronica has been homeless on and off for the past several decades. In 2017, Veronica completed intake at Hale Mauliola, the City’s Housing Navigation Service Center at Sand Island and stayed for six months. While at Hale Hauliola, Veronica accepted a referral to HCAP’s Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center. She moved in to Kumuhonua in February 2018.

During her stay at Kumuhonua, Veronica collected Supplemental Security Income payments, built up her savings, and attended budgeting workshops. In February, Veronica secured permanent housing at Waipahu Towers, a subsidized apartment. Veronica is very thankful for HCAP’s help and the opportunities she has received since, and looks forward to what the future holds.


District Service Center Staff Attend LIHEAP Training

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This week, staff from all five of HCAP’s District Service Centers convened at the Central District Service Center to attend training for the upcoming Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in June. Central District Service Center’s Community Services Manager Katy Perry led the training, keeping staff abreast of new changes and updates for client eligibility and application intake for this year’s LIHEAP Energy Credit Program.


Current Employment Opportunities at HCAP

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HCAP is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Assistant Teacher Head Start
Director of Finance
HR Generalist
Family Advocate Head Start
STEM Teacher Kalihi
STEM Teacher Substitute
Teacher Head Start

To apply for one of the positions, please click here.