HCAP Weekly September 26, 2016

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In this week’s issue:

HCAP Expands Services to Include the ‘Hale Kākou’ Rent, Deposit, and Utility Assistance Program
Mahalo to the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association and the Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation
Family of Five Gets New Water Heater Through Weatherization Services
Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services Helps a Client Get Job Ready
Kupuna Program Supports Oahu’s Seniors
HCAP Head Start Participates in Peace Day Hawaii


HCAP Expands Services to Include the ‘Hale Kākou’ Rent, Deposit, and Utility Assistance Program

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HCAP is partnering with Aloha United Way and the State of Hawaii to implement the Hale Kākou Rent, Deposit, and Utility Assistance Program. The purposes of the program are eviction prevention and rapid re-housing.

Through Governor David Ige’s three-tier approach for addressing homelessness—affordable housing, health and human services, and public safety—and supported by recently-allocated state funding for homeless issues , HCAP will be participating in the Coordinated Statewide Homeless Initiative to assist homeless individuals and families who are “house-ready,” and those who are at-risk of homelessness.

Hale Kākou will provide three types of assistance to those who are eligible: rent assistance, security deposits, and “companion” utility payments. Eligibility guidelines fall under two categories: homeless and at-risk of homelessness. Those who are currently homeless must be “house-ready,” meaning they must have a source of income, but lack a regular, fixed, and adequate nighttime residence. At-risk of homelessness are those facing impending eviction due to non-payment of rent or utilities. All households receiving assistance must demonstrate the potential to sustain future rent payments.

Anyone interested in applying for the program should contact one of HCAP’s 5 District Service Centers for more information and to make an appointment.

Central District Service Center (Phone: 488-6834)
Kalihi-Palama District Service Center (Phone: 847-0804)
Leahi District Service Center (Phone: 732-7755)
Leeward District Service Center (Phone: 696-4261)
Windward District Service Center (Phone: 239-5754)


Mahalo to the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association and the Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation

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On Wednesday, September 28, HCAP’s Director of Planning, Program Development and Communications, Michael Hane attended the 2016 Visitor Industry Charity Walk Check Presentation Event at Blue Note Hawai’i in the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. The 38th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, “A Tradition of Giving” was a tremendous success, providing support and awareness for organizations making a difference in the community. We would like to thank the Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association and the Hawai’i Hotel Industry Foundation for hosting the event and providing funds for HCAP’s programs and services. HCAP was proud to be a first-time participant in this tradition and is already looking forward to next year’s walk!

HCAP was mentioned in an article published by the Honolulu Star Advertiser titled, “Oahu charities share $330,000 from HLTA. The article may be viewed by clicking here.


Family of Five Gets New Water Heater Through Weatherization Services

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Whiston’s five-member household was without hot water for the past six months. He compared their living situation to “camping.” With the Residential Energy Solutions Initiative (RESI) Program, HCAP was able to assist Whiston and his family with an array of energy saving devices at no cost to them. They were given LED light bulbs that have low energy consumption and last longer than an average light bulb, an energy-efficient refrigerator, and a solar water heater. Now they can reduce their energy burden and finally have hot water again!

HCAP’s Weatherization Services prioritize services to seniors, families with young children, people with disabilities, households with high-energy usage, and families experiencing a high-energy burden. Program eligibility is income-based; families with at least one household member receiving TANF or SSI benefits are encouraged to apply. For more information, or to apply for Weatherization Services, please contact the HCAP District Service Center nearest you.


Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services Helps a Client Get Job Ready

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Asteria has achieved many milestones within two months of being referred to Honolulu Community Action Program’s Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) program. Asteria was referred to HCAP by an outside transitional housing facility where she lives. From the start, Asteria was committed to the employment process and classes. In addition to attending job readiness training (JRT), Asteria created her very first resume and email account. After completing JRT, she continued to come every week and job search, and within weeks she was employed. She found employment near her home doing housekeeping. The ECS program was able to provide Asteria with new work clothes and shoes to get her off to a successful start. Asteria’s commitment to the employment program and the support of HCAP’s staff has brightened Asteria’s new career path, and she is very grateful!


Kupuna Program Supports Oahu’s Seniors

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The Kalihi-Palama District Service Center’s Kupuna Independent Life Series has become a real hit at Iwilei Homes. This week, community partner Ke Ola Mamo visited to speak about high blood pressure, take blood pressure readings, and engage in a relaxing game of bingo. Legal Aid Society also stopped by to discuss power of attorneys, living wills and seniors’ rights. Everyone enjoyed a great and healthy lunch, socialized with one another and ended the day with a basket-weaving workshop led by Ace Tufu, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Manager. Our Kupuna are the voice of the past that are sometimes forgotten, but programs such as HCAP’s Kupuna Independent Life Series allow our Kupuna to share their life stories.


HCAP Head Start Participates in Peace Day Hawaii

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HCAP Head Start participated in Peace Day Hawaii at the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City. The Peace Day event featured music and dance, garden workshops, arts and crafts, 50+ education-interactive booths, sustainable living, and much more! This year, HCAP Head Start educated visitors on the 2nd Step Curriculum that prepares young children for better self-regulation and executive-function skills to help them pay attention, remember directions, and control their behavior. Visitors to the booth also got to paint a garden stone, “Stepping Stones to Peace,” with positive and inspiring words. A huge “mahalo” to all those that came out to help with the booth!