HCAP WEEKLY May 24, 2021

Single Mother Works Toward Self-Sufficiency Following Pandemic Job Loss
HCAP Quarterly Out Now!
First Hawaiian Bank Foundation Contributes $10,000 to Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After School Program
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Starts June 1st
HCAP Head Start Keiki Thriving Back in the Classroom

Single Mother Works Toward Self-Sufficiency Following Pandemic Job Loss

Jaime first contacted the Central District Service Center for assistance with past-due rent after being furloughed from her job amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many other local residents who lost their jobs in the past year, Jaime scrambled to file for unemployment benefits only to face long wait times as the state struggled to handle a growing backlog of applications.

Along with rental assistance, Jaime also expressed interest in employment opportunities and was referred to the Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program. Central District Service Center staff provided her with information on vocational training programs that could lead Jaime into a new career path. After considering all of her options, Jaime decided to enroll in Phlebotomy courses through the Hawaiʻi Medical Training Center. One advantage of the program, Jaime explained, is that “the classes are offered at convenient times that allow me to still be a mother and attend school without overextending myself.”

Recently, Jaime passed the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Phlebotomy exam, earning her Phlebotomy Certificate. Jaime also shared that she plans to continue her education while working as a phlebotomist by earning further healthcare certifications: “it would open up doors for more employment options in the future, as I would be certified in multiple healthcare fields, giving me that competitive edge on my job applications,” she said, “My future goal is to be able to provide for me and my children without the need of government agencies. To be self-sufficient and a positive, contributing member to society.”

The Central District Service Center would like to congratulate Jaime on a job well done and will continue to assist Jaime in her future career endeavors. 

To learn more about the Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program, visit https://www.hcapweb.org/na-lima-hana-employment-core-services-program/



HCAP Quarterly Out Now!

We’re excited to share the January – March 2021 issue of Kuʻi Nā Lono: Spread the News. Featuring these stories and more:

  • After Experiencing Unemployment for Six Years, Client Finds Permanent Housing
  • HCAP’s Kōkua Assistance Program Delivers Food Boxes to Homebound Kūpuna and Other Vulnerable Populations
  • Hā Initiative Wins Team Model Award at FIRST LEGO League!

Click Here to Download the January – March 2021 Quarterly

Click here to View Past Quarterly Newsletters


First Hawaiian Bank Foundation Contributes $10,000 to Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After School Program

Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. (HCAP) would like to give our warmest mahalo to the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation for their grant award of $10,000 toward the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program! The First Hawaiian Bank Foundation acts as the charitable arm of First Hawaiian Bank, providing grants to organizations whose programs and services strengthen the community. 

The Hā Initiative Creative STEM After‐ School Program allows students in Grades 2-8 to explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in a fun and creative environment. The program is free and provides participants snacks, tutoring, and an opportunity to meet other kids and engage in exciting hands-on science projects and computer activities.

The generous contribution from the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation will help us to enrich the lives of our keiki by providing STEM kits and other program supplies.

To learn more about the Hā Initiative, please visit https://www.hcapweb.org/ha-initiative/


Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Starts June 1st


The federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications starting this Tuesday, June 1, 2021 until June 30, 2021. 

LIHEAP is offered annually to assist low-income households in meeting their home energy needs. The program provides income-eligible households with assistance in paying their electric or gas bills. In 2020, HCAP helped 4,862 Oʻahu households apply for energy assistance through LIHEAP. 

Qualifying Oʻahu residents may apply for one of two programs available through LIHEAP in 2021: Gas or Electric Bill Payment Assistance, whereby an energy credit is applied to the gas or electric accounts of households having difficulty paying these bills, or Energy Crisis Intervention, whereby households whose electricity has been shut off or is scheduled to be shut off within seven days are provided financial assistance.  

This year, individuals and families whose income has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may also be eligible for LIHEAP’s Disaster Energy Crisis Intervention benefits, which have different income limits than are typically required for assistance through the program. Individuals and families in this category must provide details of reduced income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic along with supporting documents.

All applications for LIHEAP must be submitted either via DocuSign form and emailed to liheapapplication@hcapweb.org, sent via postmarked mail, or dropped off at one of HCAP’s District Service Centers by June 30, 2021. 

Those interested in applying can access an application through the HCAP website by clicking here.

Potential applicants are also able to call any of the HCAP District Service Centers for more information on the application process and program requirements.


HCAP Head Start Keiki Thriving Back in the Classroom


This week, HCAP Head Start keiki from Aiea II learned about the plant cycle by planting long beans in two different ways. Some students planted their beans outdoors in a water bottle, while others planted their beans indoors in a ziploc bag. Both groups made sure to provide their plants with plenty of water and sunlight they need to grow. Now that the beans are planted, the keiki will continue to learn to care for the plants while observing their growth. 

Head Start is still accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year! Interested families should visit www.hcapweb.org/headstart for more information and how to apply.