In partnership with the state Department of Human Services, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) is administering the Maui Relief TANF Program that will provide help with housing, auto and utility payments and other expenses for income-eligible families with children who were directly impacted by the Aug. 8 wildfires.
The Maui Relief TANF Program “Program” provides benefits to eligible families with dependent children with household incomes at or below 350% of the federal poverty level* who either experienced property damage or loss, or lost earnings or employment as a direct result of the wildfire disaster. The Program benefits are not intended to meet a family’s recurring needs and will not extend beyond four (4) months.
Rental and mortgage, utilities, and auto down payment on a new vehicle and loan payment assistance are available, as well as gift cards for clothing and school supplies.
Families with dependent children in their household, directly and indirectly impacted by the wildfires and earning less than 350 percent of the poverty level (which for a family of four is $120,750 annually) are eligible for the benefits.
U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.
Applications are accepted online and in-person:
• In person: The Maui Relief TANF Program, which launched on Oct. 20, continues to accept applications in-person at MEO offices in Wailuku. Applications are accepted in-person at MEO’s Wailuku office: 99 Mahalani St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays (except holidays). Applicants should bring required documents with them.
• Online: The application for the Maui Relief TANF Program can be accessed from the MEO website. To apply for the Maui Relief TANF Program, go to www.meoinc.org and go to the Maui Relief TANF program under “Quick Links” or click this link directy.
For more information, leave a message on the Maui Relief TANF Program phone line at (808) 243-4316 and staff will return the call.
Families must meet the following eligibility requirements:
The relief payments include:
A family may apply for benefits based on their current needs. The benefits received may not duplicate other emergency and disaster relief assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross or other disaster assistance organization.
MEO operates the program in partnership with the state Department of Human Services and Hawaii Community Foundation.
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Lahaina and Kula residents who have been impacted by the August fires are invited to talk story with Mayor Richard Bissen. There are several dates to choose from. Each talk story session will welcome up to 30 residents to give folks a chance to share mana‘o and ask questions.
Series of events from December 9 through January 27.