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Apply for financial aid (grants, loans, mortgage relief) and disaster assistance support from the Kānaka Anti-Displacement Fund

The Maui wildfire disaster temporarily displaced 271 kānaka (Native Hawaiian) homeowners from their land in Lahaina. Our people will need financial support and expertise to secure insurance claim monies and disaster assistance necessary to stay in place and rebuild. Unfortunately, kānaka may not have the funds to afford the costs of submitting a claim in the first place or to appeal insurance and FEMA denials. Without access to support and expertise, our people will be displaced from their homelands and potentially, from Hawaiʻi altogether.

The fund is to support the Native Hawaiian population facing challenges such as the Maui wildfire disaster that uprooted 271 Kānaka homeowners from their ancestral lands in Lāhainā. The fund rallies to provide the necessary financial aid and expertise required to secure insurance claims and disaster assistance. The fund will ensure our kānaka community remains rooted in their homeland, protecting our people’s place within the rich tapestry of Hawaiʻi’s cultural heritage.

The fund's objectives:

  • Prevent displacement of indigenous kānaka maoli in Maui and Hawaiʻi due to disasters.
  • Provide financial aid and expertise for insurance claims and disaster assistance.
  • Address financial barriers preventing kānaka from claiming insurance or appealing denials.

Support Services Provided:

Under the Kānaka Anti-Displacement Fund, HCL ʻOhana Advocates will collaborate with homeowners to:

  • Secure copies of certified policies from insurance companies active on the disaster date.
  • Obtain mortgage forbearances, modifications, grants, and loans.
  • Establish an emergency budget with HUD-certified housing counselors.
  • Complete FEMA disaster assistance applications and file appeals.
  • Retain a public insurance adjuster (PA) for insurance policy reviews and to fight on the homeowner’s behalf to get the monies they deserve for rebuilding.

The mortgage forbearance program allows you to temporarily halt mortgage payments, providing essential financial relief. During this period, you won't face fees, penalties, or additional interest beyond your regular payments.

Visit one of our two offices on Maui, call or text 808-587-7656 or visit www.hawaiicommunitylending.com

Kahului Office In Kāko‘o Maui Resource Hub
Maui Mall, 70 W. Ka‘ahumanu Ave.
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Walk-ins welcome.

Lahaina Office – opening soon
Near Lahaina Civic Center and Leiali‘i subdivision

Mon. – Thurs. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins welcome, Fri. – Sun. by appointment.

For more information, or to apply for assistance, fill out their Contact Form on their website here and select, "Maui Wildfire Relief & Recovery" from the "nature of your inquiry" menu drop-down.

The Fund has been established by Hawaiʻi Community Lending (HCL), a US Treasury certified native CDFI, to provide deferred payment loans and technical assistance for impacted kānaka.

Hawaii Community Lending is a 501c3 nonprofit Native community development financial institution that increases access to credit and capital for the  economic self-sufficiency of underserved Hawaii residents with a particular focus on Native Hawaiians.

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