The state and Catholic Charities Hawaii announced Wednesday the launch of a new rent relief program that will begin accepting applications next week.
The Rent Assistance and Mediation Program (RAMP) will provide assistance for Hawaii renters who have experienced a reduction in income because of unemployment or a reduction in work hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are at risk of eviction.
The $6 million program, administered by Catholic Charities Hawaii, intends to help tenants avoid eviction by providing rental payments for unpaid rent and mediation services. Rental payments will be considered from Jan. 1, 2021, with a statewide cap of $1,500 per household per month. Up to two months total of past due and ongoing assistance can also be provided.
The program is funded by a portion of the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Office of Consumer Protection settlement monies from Honda Motor Co.
Applicants can go online, download an electronic form from our website, or a request a mailed application at https://www.catholiccharitieshawaii.org/housinghelp.