HCAP Weekly March 23, 2015

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In this week’s issue:

HCAP Attends the National Community Action Foundation 2015 Legislative Conference
State of Hawaii, Workforce Development Division Conducts SCSEP Monitoring
HCAP Hires New Community Worker for Leahi District Service Center
Kumuhonua Resident Relocates to Permanent Housing
Hā Initiative Students and Families Work Together to Revive School Garden
One Week Remains for this Year’s Income Tax Services


HCAP Attends the National Community Action Foundation 2015 Legislative Conference

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(In photo, left to right) Robert N.E. Piper, HCAP Executive Director; Senator Brian Schatz; Blake Oshiro, HCAP Board Member; Terrence Aratani, HCAP Board Member

This week, HCAP Executive Director Robert N.E. Piper, Board Members Terrance Aratani and Blake Oshiro, and Planning & Development Specialist Tehani Diaz attended the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) 2015 Legislative Conference in Washington DC. With the theme being “Poverty & Opportunity in America,” State Senators and Representatives spoke about the importance of supporting Community Action and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).

On Thursday, March 26th, they visited Capitol Hill to gain support of the CSBG Reauthorization Bill- HR1655. They met with Senator Brian Schatz, the Chief of Staff for Senator Mazie Hirono, and the Policy Director for Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. At those meetings, they had the opportunity to talk about the importance of HCAP’s programs and the impact they have on the community.

HCAP invited our congressional delegation to avail themselves of HCAP’s services and programs in their efforts to serve their constituents.


State of Hawaii, Workforce Development Division Conducts SCSEP Monitoring

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On March 23rd and 24th, Traci Page from the State of Hawaii, Department of Labor, Workforce Development Division (WDD) conducted annual SCSEP monitoring at HCAP. Traci is the new Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Program Specialist who will be administering all SCSEP contracts in the State of Hawaii. As part of the monitoring, she reviewed performance and eligibility requirements. HCAP welcomes Traci to our longstanding relationship with WDD, and we are looking forward to working with her to strengthen the program and continue to provide quality services to the seniors in the community.


HCAP Hires New Community Worker for Leahi District Service Center

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HCAP is pleased to announce that Reiko Titong has been selected as a community worker at the Leahi District Service Center. Reiko has been assisting people in need since 2012 as an intake aid for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Throughout the years of our helping our clients, she discovered that she had a great interest in human services and social work. She later pursued an Associates Degree of Human Services at the Honolulu Community College (HCC) to expand her experience, motivation, and passion to help others in need. As a community worker, Reiko will be a tremendous asset to the Leahi District Service Center. Welcome to our HCAP ohana, Reiko!


Kumuhonua Resident Relocates to Permanent Housing

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Sam came to the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center after living on the sidewalks and doorways of Chinatown for about 8 years. He was working with Ke Ola Mamo, a Native Hawaiian Health Care System, which graciously helped him transition to Kumuhonua. He is an extremely intelligent, well-versed man who brought a lot of joy to many of the residents. Sam helped take care of the grounds around the building, and was always willing and ready to help out fellow residents. He secured a one-bedroom apartment at DE Thompson Senior Residence and is now enjoying a spacious apartment all to himself! He was also fortunate to receive financial assistance from Helping Hands Hawaii with the first month’s rent and utility deposit to help him transition to his new home. Staff at Kumuhonua will miss Sam’s positive energy and stories and HCAP wishes all the best in his new home!


Hā Initiative Students and Families Work Together to Revive School Garden

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Last week, the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program at Waiahole Elementary School invited families to participate in the Windward March 2015 Community Service Project. Parents and students came together to help weed the several plots of soil used by the school’s Gardening Club, where mint, rosemary and corn are grown.

“A weed is an unwanted plant,” Cole, a Hā Initiative students, defined. “It gets in the way of the crops we do want to grow.” Students learned Important gardening chores, such as making sure the crops get enough sunlight and water, and how it can take a whole community to help a garden thrive. Cole watered the corn and placed them outside to get some sun. The school’s Gardening Club will have a nice surprise waiting for them when they come back from break.


One Week Remaining for HCAP’s Income Tax Services Program

HCAP’s Income Tax Services Program (EITC) only has one more week remaining to assist taxpayers. To date, our staff and volunteers have assisted in preparing 574 returns. Not only is this a quick and convenient way to file federal and state returns but it also saves taxpayers the filing fees they would normally pay to outside tax preparers. On average, this is more than $200 in fees per return that stays in the pockets of our community members. To make an appointment, contact the nearest district service center or the HCAP main office.

Central: 488-6834
Kalihi-Palama: 847-0804
Leahi: 732-7755
Leeward: 696-4261
Windward: 239-5754
HCAP Main Office: 521-4531