HCAP WEEKLY November 16, 2020

Family Affected by COVID-19 Receives Rent and Utility Assistance Through HCAP’s Hale Kākou Program
Former Kumuhonua Residents are Thriving Months after Finding Permanent Housing
HCAP District Service Centers Film Videos to Share How They are Giving Back this #GivingTuesday
Kingdom Souljahz Donate ‘Breakfast Bags’ to Kumuhonua Residents


Family Affected by COVID-19 Receives Rent and Utility Assistance Through HCAP’s Hale Kākou Program

After her income decreased due to COVID-19, Cherolyn and her family were faced with great financial stress and worry. The family needed help paying their rental bills and keeping up with their utility payments. Cherolyn reached out to HCAP’s Leahi District Service Center to see if any services were available that could help her family. With services recently added through HCAP’s Hale Kākou Program, Cherolyn’s family was able to receive assistance toward paying their rent and utility bills. Cherolyn is extremely grateful to HCAP for helping to relieve them of the heavy financial strain they anticipated for the months ahead. She is also looking forward to enrolling her five-year-old son in HCAP’s Head Start Program.

Funded through the Community Services Block Grant CARES Act Federal Funds, HCAP is providing rent, mortgage, and utility assistance for those individuals and households impacted by COVID-19 through loss of employment, reduction of work hours, or other pandemic-related challenges. 

Please call your nearest District Service Center ahead of time for more information, or visit www.hcapweb.org/hale-kakou.


Former Kumuhonua Residents are Thriving Months after Finding Permanent Housing

Photo of Mary, Kekoa, and Grandkids

This past summer, we shared the story of Early, Mary and their son Kekoa. Before finding shelter at Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center, the family had been evicted from their home and had become homeless. But thanks to the HCAP’s Rapid-Rehousing Program and the Kumuhonua staff, the family was able to secure permanent housing on May 1, 2020.

Now, six months later, our staff followed-up with Mary, Earl and Kekoa and checked in on their progress and see what assistance they may need.

“It’s so wonderful to have your own place. I can finally have my grandkids over,” Mary shared with staff. Mary also shared a picture of her and Kekoa with her grandchildren this past Halloween. She told staff that she is so excited to have her own place and is grateful for all the assistance she and her family received from the Rapid Rehousing and Kumuhonua team.

It’s not always easy for former Kumuhonua residents to sustain permanent housing, but Mary, Earl and Kekoa seem to be thriving in their new place six months after their big move. A big Mahalo to our Rapid Rehousing and Kumuhonua Case Management Team for helping the effort to find housing for all.

If you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, contact our Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center for assistance: 808-682-5494


HCAP District Service Centers Film Videos to Share How They are Giving Back this #GivingTuesday

Even though we need to stay six feet apart, our communities are still in our hearts. This is the message our Leahi District Service Center and Windward District Service Center spread in the videos they created to celebrate this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign. 

In their collaborative videos, the ladies of Leahi District Service Center shared that they are giving back this #GivingTuesday by sending holiday gifts to children at Shriners Hospital who are not able to go home this holiday season due to the pandemic. They hoped that the act of kindness would bring a little cheer and happiness to the children and families during this difficult time. The Leahi team also shared that they are actively helping communities with a variety of services, including rental, mortgage and utility assistance through the Hale Kākou Program. “Working at HCAP has given me a different perspective,” said Leahi District Service Manager Mia. “I am able to give to others what they have given to me.”

While the Leahi team is giving back to the children in our communities, the Windward District Service Center is focusing on supporting kupuna. Windward’s Community Service Manager and Community Workers provided essential supplies to kupuna in Windward Oahu communities spreading from Halawa, to Kahuku, to Kaneohe. “I’m going to Kahuku today which is the community where I grew up in and where my family lives,” Community Worker Mollie shared. “It’s an honor because we can see how much the kupuna are struggling right now. Being able to provide kupuna with water, food and hygiene products just makes me really proud to be a part of this.”

These acts of kindness are what our agency wants to emanate this giving season as we encourage everyone to give back and stay safe during the holidays. Want to support HCAP this giving season? Donate to HCAP by following the link: https://www.hcapweb.org/support-hcap/


Kingdom Souljahz Donate ‘Breakfast Bags’ to Kumuhonua Residents

We are in the season of being thankful, especially to all community agencies, church groups, and local clubs that support Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center residents. This year Kingdom Souljahz, a local community car club, donated ‘breakfast bags’ to homeless shelters and Kumuhonua was one of the recipients! Each breakfast bag was equipped with pancake mix, a packet of bacon, portuguese sausage, a dozen eggs, and a bag of rice. Kingdom Souljahz generously donated thirty breakfast bags to Kumuhonua residents. 

On behalf of our staff and residents here at Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center, we would like to send a big mahalo to Kingdom Souljahz for the wonderful work they do in the community!