Helping Hands Hawaii assistance programs.

Resources from Helping Hands Hawaii can help families facing a crisis and also provide them on the path to self-sufficiency. Each and every program has a formal application process and resources are limited. Aid is offered confidentially and with the objective of helping the family make it through the financial hardship.

More information on their services are below. However the agency will offer emergency rent help, seasonal programs (such as school supplies and Christmas assistance), food, and referrals to government benefits. Resources are for the low income in Honolulu and across Hawaii.

The Helping Hands Emergency Assistance Program provides assistance to people facing eviction or that are currently homeless. The financial aid that is distributed is targeted at preventing homelessness in the state. Or for those that need a place to live, the assistance can rehouse them, offer transitional housing, or help with paying security deposits. Other funds may be provided for utility bills.

Residents facing a crisis can get a referral from a non-profit partner agency or social service group. Or they can dial 440-3835 to get more information or to be screened.

Applicants need to meet conditions such as be facing an unexpected emergency or crisis situation that has occurred that was beyond their control. While there can be different types, some examples could be death in the family of an income-earner, job layoffs from employment, being very sick and missing work or some type of medical crisis. They also can’t have asked for help from Helping Hands Hawaii over the last 12 months and need to provide they will be back on track financially.

Other criteria may apply as well. Various forms of proof and documentation will be required during this process. It can include Social Security Card, Government Issued Photo ID, Verification of Emergency, Income, Expenses, and more.

Basic needs from the Community Clearinghouse can be met. Helping Hands can provide items such as clothing, food, furniture, and other basic household items. All of the items are given to those that qualify for free. The programs relies on donations and contributions from the local community, so please give back to the non-profit if you can. The Community Clearinghouse – Donation Center is at 2100 N. Nimitz Highway, Honolulu, HI 96819.




In order to get help from the Clearing House, a referral is needed from an outreach program or a social service agency/worker. More details can be learned by calling 440-3800.

Adopt A Family (AAF) Program is for Christmas and holiday assistance. Donors in across Hawaii wishing to adopt families and children in need can participate. Other partners include the Star Advertiser, KITV, and also the Hawaii News Now. What may be passed out includes toys, clothes, gifts, and more. Telephone number is 440-3812.

Free school supplies are offered from the Helping Hands Hawaii Ready to Learn program. The non-profit works to ensure that no child should go without basic supplies, uniforms or clothing. It is important to make their educational experience worthwhile.

Many churches, charities, and non-profits also take part in the Ready to Learn program. Assistance is offered to students and children in O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, and Maui. They may receive free shoes, notebooks, pens, and more. It rely depends on what has been donated.

Food is from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Helping Hands Hawaii can process applications and also arrange for outreach services. Case managers work with those that are at-risk, vulnerable, poor, and low-income households. Get information and support with accessing SNAP food stamp benefits.

The non-profit works with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to process applications and ensure people get the benefits they need. Get help in applying, follow-up, and other guidance. Particular focus for SNAP benefits is on the elderly, home-bound, disabled, LEP communities, and the homeless. Call (808) 440-3812.

The Punawai Program is for Hawaii. It is a statewide programs offered in partnership with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). The objective is to stabilize individuals and families and their living situations.




Some of the components of the Punawai Program include financial literacy/education, emergency financial assistance, and referrals. Helping Hands Hawaii also works with agencies such as Catholic Charities to provide this support on the islands of Kauai, Maui, Hawaii, Molokai, and Lanai. The aid is for low income families and the emergency financial assistance for rent, food, and electric bills is limited. A focus is on long term stability and overall financial literacy. Call 440-3804 for more details.

The Main office of Helping Hands Hawai‘i is at 2100 N. Nimitz Hwy., Honolulu, HI 96819. To get referrals or more information on programs, call 536-7234. Another location is the Community Based Case Management office. Location is 1712 S. King St., Ste. 2A, Honolulu, HI 96826. Call 943-8777.


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