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$100K in grants headed to Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council

Updated: 
March 21, 2014 - 11:18am

Two grants totaling $100,000 were released Friday to Hilo-based nonprofit Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council for its Naalehu and Honokaa offices.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie approved the allotment of funds in the amount of $50,000 each for the Naalehu and Honokaa offices for planning, design and construction for emergency repairs and access improvements. The work was identified by members of the state Legislature.

“This money will be used to improve accessibility for our kupuna and the disabled, particularly those living in remote communities,” Abercrombie said. “These funds represent an investment in community and nonprofit efforts that will have significant impacts in the lives of local individuals and families they serve.”

Repairs to the two satellite offices will facilitate outreach and services (transportation, energy and education programs) to disadvantaged residents in rural communities on Hawaii Island, according to the governor.