Residents of more than 250 households have received more than $ 675,000 to help pay overdue rents and utilities as part of a Maui County program.
Most requests for the Rental Assistance and Emergency Utilities program came from South Maui (176), West Maui (151) and Central Maui (114), said the county in a press release Friday. Of the claims, 96 percent came from households earning 80 percent and below the region’s median income.
The program can help pay rent or utility debts dating back to March 13, 2020, as well as current or future bills, depending on a household’s needs.
“Those who think they might be eligible should find out about the program and ask for help.” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “The federal treasury has given Maui County quite a bit of funding because many of them have been made redundant or lost hours of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “
So far, nearly 1,600 residents have gone through a screening process, with 1,409 applications sent to those who qualify. Of these, 766, or just over half, submitted a complete dossier.
Eligible households must:
• Show the financial damage of the pandemic, such as unemployment eligibility, job loss, reduced wages or increased household expenses.
• Show that at least one member of the household is at risk of losing their home.
• Have a family income equal to or less than 80 percent of the median income for the Maui County area.
Priority will go to applicants whose household income is less than 50% of the region’s median income or whose at least one household member has been unemployed for at least 90 days at the time of application and is still unemployed at the time of application. nomination.
Only one person per household should apply. Landlords can apply on behalf of tenants, with tenants’ permission.
To receive an application, households must first complete an online screening form. Catholic Charities, which administers the program for Maui County, will review the form and contact applicants with details on next steps.
For eligible households, the program will pay:
• Up to $ 2,500 per month in rent arrears and unpaid utility bills.
• Up to $ 2,000 for future rent payments.
• Up to $ 500 per month for future electricity, water, sewer and gas bills.
Eligible households can receive up to 12 months of assistance and payments will go directly to a homeowner or utility company.
Those who have already received rent or utility assistance from other COVID-19 relief programs but still need assistance are also encouraged to apply. Program staff will verify previous assistance received to avoid duplication of services.
For more information, visit mauicounty.gov/MauiRentHelp or call the program’s hotline at (808) 873-4673.