Find how to get help in all cities and counties of Hawaii, including Honolulu. A number of resources can provide help with housing, medical bills, cash assistance, and other aid.
This government program is limited to women who are currently pregnant or who have young children. The female needs to be pregnant, currently breastfeeding or postpartum, with an infant or child who is under the age of five. The applicant needs to meet income levels and/or be a health/nutrition risk. This is usually offered in partnership with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps, or Medicaid. 1-888-820-6425
Head Start Program
Offers children with health and dental care, social services, and nutritional aid. It is often provided after a child goes through Early Head Start. Parents may also benefit by receiving job finding skills and case management.
Hawaii Financial Assistance program
Families with children or who are expecting one may benefit from this program, which is the state’s version of TANF. It can provide not only cash assistance for basic needs, such as housing, rent and food, but also offers parents with work opportunities, job preparation, training and other support services. Jobs may be offered by the First-to-Work (FTW) program. 808-643-1643
Medical Bill and Health Care Assistance
Qualified residents can receive health care coverage and possible support for medical and dental expenses from the low income Medicaid Fee-For-Service and Hawaii QUEST programs. Dental care can be provided under Medicaid, and QUEST offers both medical and mental health services. 800-316-8005. A pharmacy program can pay for Medicare Part D prescription drugs. 866-878-9769
Food and Nutrition Education
Another government program for pregnant women or low income families with children up to five years of age is WIC. This can provide perishable food, meals, and other support to those who would otherwise be at risk.
Children with Special Health Needs Program
Assistance is offered for children who have chronic or long-term health conditions that requires specialized medical care. 808-733-9055
Hawaii Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Food may be provided to low income families, people with disabilities, qualified seniors, and people on public assistance. The SNAP program provides vouchers to clients, who can then use them to purchase food at their local grocery store or retailer. 808-643-1643
Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
Seniors and older adults are supported as part of PACE. The program provides long term and comprehensive health care to seniors in Hawaii who have multiple functional/medical needs that require in home support and other financial assistance. 808-442-4551
Free or Low Cost Medical Care
Clinics, community health care centers and other facilities in Hawaii provide the low income and uninsured with medical and/or dental care. Some of the services are offered at no cost, and others may be provided on a sliding fee scale. Many of the health centers are also federal government qualified. Click here.
Families that do not have insurance, or that have limited coverage from their policy, can receive free or low cost care from government and non-profit sponsored programs. Medications, check ups, cancer screenings, and medical care for children may be offered, among other services. Read Hawaii uninsured programs.
Medicaid in Hawaii and Fee-For-Service
Health care may be provided for low-income families, pregnant women, seniors, disabled, and blind. 800-316-8005
Resources for Under and Uninsured
Patients who have limited health insurance or who do not have any insurance at all may qualify for free or low cost medical assistance from the government. Programs can provide screenings, check ups, prescription medications, and other aid to qualified individuals. Read more Hawaii uninsured medical care.
Employment programs, self-sufficiency, and government grants
Numerous resources are administered by community action agency in Hawaii. The centers will help people gain stability through education and job training while also potentially offering short term financial assistance and grants from programs such as LIHEAP or Head Start. Learn more.
Cash Assistance and Public Aid
State and federal government programs can provide lower income families with various services. Sign up for programs that offer health care, cash grants, food, free child care, job training and more. More public assistance in Hawaii.
Food Pantries and Distribution Centers
Families across Hawaii can turn to a food bank for groceries, canned goods, and other supplies. The centers can provide assistance in an emergency as well as information on longer term food programs. More.
Hawaii County (Hilo)
The federal government funded programs are listed below. To learn how to get financial help from local utility providers such as Hawaiian Electric Company, click here.
Weatherization Assistance Program
Helps low income families, with a focus on seniors, disabled, and families with children, save money on their utility and cooling bills. It offers free energy conservation updates, such as insulation, caulking, timers on water heaters, and more.
Financial assistance for paying utility bill may be provided. Funds can pay regular, ongoing energy bills, or if you are faced with a disconnection then a crisis component of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program may help with bills is an emergency. 1-808-586-5740
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