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Honolulu County assistance programs.

Non-profits, government agencies, and charities provide a number of services and financial assistance programs to low income and needy Honolulu families. There are grants to help with rent or mortgage payments, funds for utility bills and security deposits, free food and more. Find how to get help from charities, community clinics for free medical care, church programs and other aid. If a program can’t provide you cash assistance to pay your bills, rent, or other expenses, they can usually refer you to other organizations to call for help. Many of the leading agencies to call are below.

Financial assistance for bills, rent, and housing

Hope Services Hawaii, Inc. - For people facing eviction/homelessness, or who are trying to find a new place to live, then this agency may help. Services include case management, intake/assessment, budgeting, housing referrals and information on other community services and non-profits. Also get advice and information, such as renter's education classes. This is in addition to possible financial assistance to those that qualify for rent and security deposits. 1315 Kalanianaole Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii 96720. Call (808) 933-6062

Catholic Charities Hawaii - Will have limited financial assistance in an emergency, and as a last resort. However the main service they provide is Intake, Information and Referral to state of Hawaii and federal government assistance programs. Learn about section 8, LIHEAP, food stamps, and many other social services. (808) 521-4357. Or click here for more details on section 8 housing vouchers.

This particular Catholic Charity organization works with other centers and churches across the entire state of Hawaii in order to provide social services and support to all islands and regions. In addition to the programs above, another focus is on assisting senior citizens and immigrants, and resources such as the Ma‘ili Land Transitional Housing Program can be contacted.

Or Honolulu families facing eviction or who need rental assistance should contact the charity for funds or information on shelters and short term housing. Other services include transportation, meals, and case management. More Hawaii Catholic Charities assistance programs.




Gregory House Programs has resources for patients that are HIV positive or who have AIDs, and that meet income guidelines. Housing assistance is offered. Their Rent Subsidy Assistance Program provides monthly rental subsidies and vouchers to those who are disabled and unable to work. Financial assistance includes rent/mortgage, security deposit, or utilities assistance. Shelter may be facilitated at the YMCA. (808) 592-9022

Helping Hands Hawaii offers an emergency assistance program. Aid is only offered for people facing imminent eviction, or who are currently homeless. Funds may also be offered if you are faced with a disconnection of your utilities. Get help paying for past due utilities, first month's or past due rent, or utility deposits, including gas and electric. Also get help in apply for benefits, such as SNAP, from the Department of Human Services. Click more details.

The Community Clearinghouse is another program run by Helping Hands, and it receives and donates to the public furniture, household items, clothing, and canned / dry food goods. Address is 2100 North Nimitz Highway, Honolulu, HI 96819, phone (808) 440-3811

IHS, The Institute For Human Services, Inc. - Offers assistance for the homeless. Can provide meals, housing, and health services. Also offers individualized advice and case management with referrals for free legal services, literacy, and computer and job training. Qualified families with children can get help paying for utility deposit and first month's rent or security deposits. Call (808) 447-2800 for intake.

Kalihi-Palama Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-housing - The non-profit may be able to provide temporary grants and financial assistance for housing issues. Honolulu County families can get help with housing relocation and stabilization services. Assistance and resources are focused on stabilization, referrals, and help create a plan for self-sufficiency. Any type of financial assistance is limited to short-term and medium-term rent payment assistance, motel/hotel vouchers, money for security deposits, utility bill assistance and deposits, and maybe even moving expenses. Address is 904 Kohou Street #307, or phone them at (808) 791-4545





Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Pearl Harbor provide assistance to active members of the military and veterans. May have emergency financial aid, including information on federal government programs, for expenses such as utilities, transportation, funeral expenses, medical bills, food, and rent. Also may have a thrift store, offer student loans, and referrals to civilian agencies in Hawaii. (808) 473-0282

Job and income programs will help clients make more money. Honolulu County residents can learn about, and find, part time work from home positions, access free career advice from the government, and even learn new skills. All of these employment services are available for free.

Salvation Army - Family Services Office has multiple offices in the county. Family Services provide help to sheltered families. Thrift Store vouchers can be used to buy clothing, selected furniture & household items. Receive assistance with emergency food boxes. For the victims of disasters such as floods, fire, or other natural disasters they may qualify for aid too. Another focus is on seniors, such as the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Silvercrest Housing units.

Other emergency assistance can pay for financial needs including rental assistance, food, and holiday meals and gifts. Workshops and advice on money management and nutrition is offered.

Waianae Community Outreach can be reached at (808) 696-5667. Resources offered include school and work clothing, food, housing placement, life-skills, and emergency/transitional shelter.

Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. is an agency that focuses on providing short term aid, and it will also address and deal with the causes of poverty. A summary of the programs offered are below.

Employment - May be able to help people find a job that can pay a livable income, which is key to economic self-sufficiency. Resume reviews, training, and other services are included.

Another job program of people over 55 is the Senior Community Services Employment Program. It is offered for low income people who are looking to renter the workforce. Receive employment training and possibly a part time job in fields such as day-care aide, positions with non-profits, yard maintenance, program aide, receptionist, office clerk, teacher's aide, and more.

Head Start - Children from low income families can get health care, school preparation, and nutritional support.

LIHEAP - The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program can help pay for gas, electric, and cooling bills. Grants are offered at most once per year. Crisis assistance from LIHEAP can pay people whose gas or electricity is now shut off or will soon be. Electric or Gas Bill Payment Assistance can offer a credit on your monthly bill. Read more electric bill assistance.





Weatherization, or WAP-ARRA, is a conservation/energy efficiency program that helps low-income individuals and families save money. It does this by reducing energy consumption, usage, and thereby utility bills. The program is free, and will install energy saving devices in your home.

Other programs including the distribution of community food, provides information and referral, emergency and general assistance, and senior community services.

Parents and Children Together offers financial aid and social services. The non-profit can help single moms or dads as well as 2 parent households. The office is 1485 Linapuni Street in Honolulu, HI 96819.

What may be offered, when funding is offered, including up to one month of utility bill or rent help or money for a security deposit. There is also free food, GED and ESL classes, or short term mortgage help. They also help with employment, and have information on leading jobs for single mothers. For information or assistance, dial (808) 847-3285.

Honolulu Community Action Program, or HCAP, is located at the following addresses. For more detail on their programs or social services, click more information.

  • 33 South King Street, Suite 300, Honolulu, HI 96813-4323, (808) 521-4531
  • 1915 Palolo Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816, (808) 732-7755
  • 1555 Haka Dr Suite 2408, Honolulu, HI 96817, (808) 847-0804
  • Waianae District Office 85-555 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, Hawaii 96792, (808) 696-4261

Society of Saint Vincent and churches provide social services, limited financial aid, and case management to families in Honolulu. Volunteers will need to visit with any applicants to better understand and address their need. Most of the assistance offered is nonmaterial and case management oriented. This can include job training, referrals, and visits to seniors. Monetary support is very limited in Hawaii. When available, cash grants or money for paying utility bills, rent, or prescription vouchers are available. Or explore their thrift stores and pantries for free clothing, food, and Christmas gifts and assistance. Continue.

Seasonal programs, such as meals or free toys for Christmas or Thanksgiving, help thousands of Honolulu area families each year. Charities across the region offer assistance ranging from clothing to gift cards to free food baskets. Find more information on Hawaii holiday programs.

Rent and housing assistance is available for both families facing eviction/homelessness or those that are currently homeless. Several charities provide funds for paying a portion of past due rental costs or a security deposit. Another option are government grants or even no-interest loans, legal aid, and more. Locate Honolulu County rental assistance programs.







Food pantries in Honolulu County

Aiea Seventh-day Adventist Church - May have food boxes as well as gently used clothing. Gifts for children may be available during Christmas. Phone number is (808) 488-9855.

Eleele Baptist Church - A local food pantry. Programs may offer hot meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 339 Mehana Road, Eleele, HI 96705, call (808) 332-5906

Family Of The Living God Ohana - Emergency food and meals may be distributed. Dial (808) 232-2244

River Of Life Mission - Has a food bank/pantry on site. 101 N Pauahi Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817, call (808) 524-7656

St Anthony's Outreach - Food pantry can be reached at (808) 266-2227. Call for hours and intake.

St Michael's Church Parish Outreach is located at 67-390 Goodale Avenue in Waialua. Stop by this food pantry, or dial (808) 637-4040.

In addition to those locations, families have many other options for free food or hunger prevention services. There are charity run pantries, the government can offer help from SNAP food stamps, and soup kitchens also find struggling residents. Find more food pantries in the Honolulu County region.

Health centers, clinics, and dental care

Waikiki Health Center Primary Care - Ho'ola Like North Shore Clinic - Medical services are accessible and affordable for everyone, regardless of the ability to pay their bills. Medical services offered at the center include primary and preventive care for immunizations, acute and chronic conditions, and physical examinations. Family planning, behavioral health counseling, and children's medical care are also offered. 66-090 Kamehameha Hwy Queen Liliuokalani Church, Haleiwa, HI 96712, (808) 284-5212

Kahuku Hospitalkahuku Hospital North Shore Community Health Clinic - Offers medical care for people with no health insurance. Some low cost fees are due. People may need to pay for x-ray services, pharmaceuticals, and lab services. Flu and pneumonia vaccines are offered too. Call (808) 293-9231 for an appointment.

There are several other clinics and medical centers in Honolulu. Some offer free check ups, medications, dental care, extractions and other services. Both low income patients and those that lack insurance can turn to the locations for assistance. Find more clinics in Honolulu County.





Credit repair, debt reduction, and financial counseling services in Honolulu

Consumer Credit Counseling Service Of Hawaii is a non-profit government certified credit and HUD counseling agency. Honolulu residents who are struggling with bills, debt and other financial matters may be able to qualify for help. Certified and trained credit counselors provide confidential, professional, and free or low cost advice on the wise use of credit. Get information on credit card debt management plans, foreclosure help, and mortgage delinquency counseling. 1164 Bishop Street, #1614, Honolulu, HI 96813, (808) 532-3225

Gateway Educational Services is another non-profit credit counseling agency. Services offered include debt repayment, budgeting, credit repair, debt consolidation, financial planning, housing advice, money management tools and education counseling for financial freedom. 1803 North King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819, call (808) 842-5777, or learn more debt help.

Honolulu free legal assistance

Legal Aid Society Of Honolulu and Hawaii can help with civil legal matters. Some examples of the cases they can advise people on, and represent them with, include the following.

Tax Assistance - Lawyers and specialists can help prepare Federal and State of Hawaii tax returns for low income families and senior citizens. Learn about all your credits and deductions.

Immigration: Information on family reunification, human trafficking cases, and language access. This is also for Asian immigrants as well in Honolulu.

Housing, credit, eviction prevention, and mortgage - Legal advice to deal with private/landlord/tenant problems including subsidized housing law, evictions or repairs, Section 8 housing, discrimination, and public housing services.

Seniors - The elderly in Hawaii can get help with advanced health care directives (living wills), medical bills, durable powers of attorney, and mental health. A senior legal hotline is run by Legal Aid Society Of Honolulu.

Consumer issues, such as truth in lending, unfair sales practices, cancellations of agreement of sales, collection agency practice, foreclosures, repossessions, garnishment, public utilities (rate increases, cut-offs), bankruptcy, and predatory lending.

Public and Government Assistance and Entitlements - Get advice on unemployment compensation, welfare grants, food stamps, medical benefits, SSI, Medicaid, Social Security, and disability claims. Lawyers offer this service for free.





Family Law includes termination of parental rights, change in custody, adoptions, spouse or child abuse, or divorce.

Call or stop by Legal Aid Society Of Honolulu at 924 Bethel Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. Call (808) 536-4302


By Jon McNamara

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