HCAP’s Response to COVID-19

(Updated August 28, 2:00 p.m.) 

As the COVID-19 pandemic situation continues to evolve in Hawaii, nationally, and globally, the Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. (HCAP) will continue to make proactive decisions that are based on the well-being and safety of our clients, employees, and communities we serve. 

On Tuesday, August 25, Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced a new stay-at-home, work-from-home order for Oahu. As a social service agency providing programs and services for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals and families, HCAP will continue to deliver services during these challenging times.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. (HCAP) Head Start program has implemented distance learning beginning on August 5, 2020. With the Hawaii Department of Education’s latest decision to extend distance learning until at least October 2, 2020, and in order to give our host sites time to open up and get their daily operations running smoothly, HCAP has decided to delay in-person classroom instruction until October 5, 2020 at the earliest. The specific date for a return to in-person classroom instruction remains subject to change. The Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School program will also continue remote instruction until further notice.

HCAP’s District Service Centers will remain open to the public both remotely and in-person (by appointment). District Service Center staff will be able to assist clients in identifying programs and services that may be accessed at this time.

All information contained in this updated response is subject to change depending on community conditions and status of the COVID-19 situation.

A brief summary of affected programs and services is as follows:

HCAP Head Start and Early Head Start – all classrooms and home-based services for children and their families will be suspended until at least October 5, 2020. Head Start and Early Head Start staff will continue to provide family education and support services remotely.

Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program – all in-person classroom activities will be suspended until further notice. Remote instruction will be offered during this time.

District Service Centers – will remain open both remotely and in-person (by appointment) to deliver programs and services including, but not limited to, Employment Core Services, Rapid Re-housing, Weatherization Assistance Program, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and case management.

Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center – will remain open. 

Income Tax Services/ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program – all income tax services have been suspended until further notice. 

Ohana Produce Food Distribution – all food distribution activities have been suspended until further notice. Please contact the District Service Center numbers below for alternate services, including our food pantries

Kupuna Independent Life Series – the 2020 series will be delivered remotely. 

Questions or immediate concerns can be directed to the following contact numbers: 

Head Start: 808-847-2400 

Central District Service Center: 808-488-6834

Kalihi-Palama District Service Center: 808-847-0804

Leahi District Service Center: 808-732-7755

Leeward District Service Center: 808-696-4261

Windward District Service Center: 808-239-5754

Nā Lima Hana Employment Services Program: 808-447-5428

Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center: 808-682-5494 

Corporate Office: 808-521-4531