OHA’s Ka Wailele Emergency Financial Assistance Program

Posted on Feb 25, 2022 in Hot Topics

Beginning Feb. 1, 2022, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs expanded the assistance available to Native Hawaiians through its Ka Wailele Emergency Financial Assistance Program. In addition to mortgage, rental and utility support, Ka Wailele will now offer relief for car repairs, funeral expenses, and out-of-pocket medical expenses. Maximum awards have also increased from $1,500 to $2,000. 

OHA made over $1 million available in June 2021 to implement the Ka Wailele emergency financial assistance program for Native Hawaiians. OHA’s Ka Wailele Emergency Financial Assistance Program is being administered by Hawaiʻi Community Lending (HCL), a nonprofit that specializes in providing loans to local residents with a focus on Native Hawaiians. 

OHA encourages Native Hawaiians who are at least 18 years old and in financial hardship – to review program requirements and apply. No income requirements pertain but Native Hawaiians are limited in receiving OHA emergency financial assistance once every two years.

Visit https://www.oha.org/emergencyaid for more information and how to apply.