HCAP Weekly August 15, 2016

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In this week’s issue:

Leeward District Service Center Assists Hawaii Section 8 Program Applicants
Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union Helps Eliminate Barriers for Kumuhonua Residents
Hā Initiative Students Design LEGO Derby Racers!
Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Hosts the Kalihi-Palama District Advisory Council Meeting
HCAP Head Start Children Learn About Bus Safety
HCAP Head Start Now Accepting Applications for the 2016-2017 School Year


Leeward District Service Center Assists Hawaii Section 8 Program Applicants

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Leeward District Service Center received a flurry of phone calls when the State of Hawaii announced that it would temporarily open its wait list for the Section 8 program. According to the Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA), Section 8 is a program that provides rental assistance to eligible low-income families, and guarantees monthly payments to owners. The family’s portion of the rent is based on household income and ranges from 30% to 40% of the family’s adjusted monthly income. The Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) pays the rest of the rent directly to the landlord. HPHA serves all of the City and County of Honolulu. With some restrictions, Section 8 housing assistance allows families to live in a qualified unit and area of their choice.

Vying for 50 spots, over 1,200 Hawaii residents were expected to apply for Section 8 this week. Leeward District Service Center’s Community Workers, Georgette Aki and Leilani Ulu, tirelessly assisted the interested applicants with the application process.

Applicant preferences include: individuals/families who are homeless, victims of domestic violence or individuals who have been involuntarily displaced. More than half of the applicants who applied at the Leeward District Service Center were homeless. Mahalo to HCAP’s dedicated Community Workers who continue to serve the Oahu community!


Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union Helps Eliminate Barriers for Kumuhonua Residents

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Recently, Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center invited Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union to Kumuhonua’s House Meeting to share information about their free and low cost services with the Kumuhonua residents. Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union is not only located close to Kumuhonua, but they are also sensitive to the situations of individuals who have a bad credit score. Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union is helping to eliminate barriers by visiting the residents and offering express sign-ups at the House Meetings. Kumuhonua is exploring future collaborations with Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union and would like to extend a warm aloha to the company for all they have done for the Kumuhonua residents!


Hā Initiative Students Design LEGO Derby Racers!

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The Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program students at the Kalihi-Palama STEM Exploration Center have been preparing for the program-wide Pinewood Boxcar Derby, which will take place in September! This week the students started designing their own LEGO Derby racers. While designing their racers, the students learned about concepts such as aerodynamics, friction, and the force of gravity. After learning about these concepts, the students got into teams of three and began to draw up blueprints of their cars. In their teams they discussed ideas and worked together to build their racers.

Finally, the class set up a ramp and racecourse to practice racing! The students’ engineering and collaboration skills have been improving, and at this rate, they will all be pros by September!


Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Hosts the Kalihi-Palama District Advisory Council Meeting

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Last week, the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center hosted the Kalihi-Palama District Advisory Council Meeting. All of the representatives came together to discuss current issues and updates relating to the community. Ace Tufu, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Manager, led the discussion that focused on various programs and services. The council discussed the challenges and successes of the 2016 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) Program. They also discussed new ways to improve and support the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program and the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program. Finally, the council talked about the Kupuna Independent Series, which will begin in September 2016. At the end of the meeting, the District Advisory Council held their officer elections and would like to congratulate Jill Saito for being elected as the Chair of the Kalihi-Palama District Advisory Council!


HCAP Head Start Children Learn About Bus Safety

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Waipahu Pre-Plus and Elementary HCAP Head Start children learned about bus safety with Bus Driver Phil! Preschool is an ideal time to introduce children to school bus safety since many children will begin riding the bus on field trips. Teaching children to be familiar with riding the bus can alleviate anxiety and ensure that each child is prepared for a safe and enjoyable ride. A big mahalo to Phil for sharing his knowledge with the children!


HCAP Head Start Now Accepting Applications for the 2016-2017 School Year

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Are you or someone you know in need of free or affordable preschool? Spread the word! HCAP Head Start is now accepting applications for children 3-5 years for the 2016-2017 school year. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website.