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Native Hawaiian families that are forced to evacuate will be eligible for one-time aid of $500 per household from OHA, which is making the assistance available until June 30, 2015. For more information, go to oha.org/lavaaid.

OHA aids Hawaiians affected by lava flow

HAWAI‘I ISLAND – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced today that it will be providing evacuation aid to Native Hawaiians who live in the path of a lava flow edging closer to their homes in the Puna area.

OHA’s Board of Trustees approved $300,000 in relief aid to help up to 600 households that may be forced to evacuate the area in the coming days as lava from Kilauea volcano draws near their homes.

Native Hawaiian families that are forced to evacuate will be eligible for one-time aid of $500 per household from OHA, which is making the assistance available until June 30, 2015.

To qualify, their primary residence must be located within a mandatory evacuation zone designated by Hawai‘i County. Also, permanent residents must be Native Hawaiian; however, applications will be accepted from anyone in a household who is a parent or legal guardian of Native Hawaiian children under age 18.

Forms that will be accepted as proof or verification of Hawaiian ancestry include a birth certificate and an OHA Hawaiian Registry Card. To prove residency, an eligible household would have to provide any two of the following documents: a utility bill; mortgage statement; rental agreement; rent receipt (with address); letter from landlord; bank statement; car registration; 2013 tax return; or voter registration form.

For more information, visit oha.org/lavaaid or call OHA offices at 920-6418 (Hilo) and 327-9525 (Kona).

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