HCAP Weekly June 17, 2019

LIHEAP Participant on Fixed Income Receives Assistance
Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Permanent Employment to Support Himself and Daughter
Kumuhonua Couple Obtains Car and Permanent Housing
SCSEP Helps Participant Make Ends Meet
Head Start Selected to Participate in Community Initiative


LIHEAP Participant on Fixed Income Receives Assistance

Photo of Mei-Zhen LIHEAP

During the month of May, staff from HCAP’s District Service Centers have been completing Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) intake at several selected satellite sites. The purpose of the satellite locations is to serve vulnerable populations such as seniors and those with disabilities since it is harder for them to visit the District Service Centers in person.

HCAP’s Kalihi-Palama District Service Center was able to reach a lot of seniors, when they visited the Hawaii Chinese Christian Mission Gospel Center. Mei-Zhen was one of the many senior applicants who applied through HCAP that day.

Like most seniors, Mei-Zhen lives on a limited budget. She lives alone and subsists on a fixed Social Security income. The costs of rent, medication, food, and other living expenses take up most of her budget. Because of Hawaii’s rising cost of living, the program is very important to people like Mei-Zhen. Upon completing the application, Mei-Zhen expressed gratitude to the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff for their assistance at the satellite site.


Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Permanent Employment to Support Himself and Daughter

Photo of Austin ECS

Austin has been a part of HCAP’s Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program since August 2018. At the time of intake, Austin was unemployed and had no income; in order to continue living at Na Kolea Transitional Housing, he needed to secure employment. Upon completing Job Readiness Training classes at Leahi District Service Center, Austin accepted and assumed various laborer roles with different companies. But none of the positions or company was a fit – that is, until now.

In late May, Austin obtained full-time, permanent employment with Warehousing, Distribution & Installation (WDI) Companies, a construction and furniture handling company. Through the ECS Program, he was able to obtain pants, work boots, and safety shirts for his new job. Austin is grateful for the continuous help and support he has received from Leahi District Service Center staff. He is happy to finally be in a comfortable position where he can make enough to support himself and his daughter.


Kumuhonua Couple Obtains Car and Permanent Housing

Photo of Victor and Taures Kumu

Husband and wife Victor and Taures moved into the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center in October 2016, following a referral from the Institute of Human Services (IHS). They first met while staying at one of IHS’ shelters.

Upon their move-in, Victor and Taures wanted to make the most of their time at Kumuhonua. Prior to moving to Kumuhonua, the newly married couple encountered a number of challenges: Taures lost her Social Security Income (SSI) benefits, and Victor and Taures did not have reliable transportation. Kumuhonua staff provided Victor and Taures with case management services and helped them resolve some of the challenges. Taures worked with Kumuhonua’s disabilities advocate to reinstate Taures’ SSI benefits after the monthly payments were suspended. Victor, who was also on SSI, worked with a Kumuhonua case manager on budgeting their money; increasing their savings helped them to buy a new car.

In March, Victor and Taures received news of an opening available for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. They happily accepted the Section 8 voucher, and worked hard with Kumuhonua’s housing specialist to secure permanent housing. On May 28th, they moved into their new place in Waianae. It was a long journey for both of them, but Victor and Taures are happy and proud of this new milestone.


SCSEP Helps Participant Make Ends Meet

Photo of Mary SCSEP

Earlier this year, Mary came to the HCAP Corporate Office seeking employment assistance. With her husband living in a care facility, Mary found herself struggling to pay rent. HCAP staff referred her to the Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP). After her initial assessment, Mary was determined to be eligible for program services. Today, Mary is a SCSEP trainee and has been placed at the St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church as a janitor.  She really enjoys working at St. Elizabeth’s, and with the additional income she receives as a SCSEP participant, Mary is able to make ends meet.


Head Start Selected to Participate in Community Initiative

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HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start is pleased to have been selected as a participant of Hawaii Community Foundation’s Promising Minds Initiative. This is a three year initiative dedicated to improving early childhood behavioral health in Hawaii, especially for children at-risk of trauma, abuse and neglect. HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start staff will greatly benefit from participating in this initiative and will deepen their understanding and build capacity in coping with challenging behaviors in the classroom.