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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

OHA’s Emergency Financial Assistance Program

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is transitioning to a new vendor who will process applications for OHA’s Emergency Financial Assistance Program. Here are the important dates we want you to know:

  • June 30, 2022 – New applications will no longer be accepted and the new application portal will close.
  • After June 30th, OHA will be collecting contact information for all new interested applicants. See EFA Sign-Up Form below.
  • July 15, 2022 – All required documents for existing applications must be submitted to Hawaiʻi Community Lending for processing.
  • If you have a pending/incomplete application, after July 15th, all pending/incomplete applications will need to reapply for funding.  Please complete the EFA Sign Up Form or contact OHA at 808-594-1835.
  • July 31, 2022 – Last day to approve and send out emergency grant funding.

Please review the following criteria prior to completing the EFA Sign-Up Form.

OHA’s Emergency Financial Assistance Program helps Native Hawaiians, 18 and older living in Hawaiʻi, who are experiencing financial hardship due to loss of income. To qualify you must provide:

  1. Proof of Native Hawaiian verification (one of the following)
    • Copy of Birth Certificate that says “Hawaiian”
    • OHA Hawaiian Registry Card
    • Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Lease
    • Kamehameha Schools Ho’oulu Registry
  1. Proof of Financial Hardship (one of the following)
    • Unemployement or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) approval letter
    • Letter from employer verifying you have been laid off or lost hours at work
    • Pay stubs prior to loss of income and current business bank statement (id self-employed)
    • Business bank statements prior to loss of income and current business bank statements (if self-employed)
  1. OHA’s Emergency Financial Assistance program makes payments directly to vendors, e.g., landlord, HECO, or car repair shop. When you apply you will need to provide (one of the following) documents to show your need for assistance:
    • Past due rent or eviction notice with amount owed
    • Past due utility or disconnection notice with amount owed
    • Bill from utility service (i.e., water delivery)
    • Mortgage statement with past due amount
    • Car repairs estimate(s) within 30 days of application; proof of ownership
    • Funeral estimate(s) from third party vendor(s) within six months of application; death certificate or obituary notice indicating death within six months of application; proof of relationship to deceased
    • Medical bill within three months of application that indicates out-of-pocket expense OR estimate for procedure/treatment scheduled to occur within one month of application or reasonable timeframe
  1. The vendor must also complete a W9 Form to receive payment. If you would like to request the vendor complete the W9 in advance you may download a copy of the W9 form here.

The new EFA vendor is expected to start accepting applications in August 2022. Complete the EFA Sign-Up Form below and when the new vendor opens up, they will contact you to start your EFA application. Mahalo.

Sign-Up for OHA Emergency Financial Assistance



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