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Rental Assistance: 808-249-2970

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) is one of the administrators of the County of Maui Rental Assistance Program grant. This program is designed to help individuals and families in Maui County with assistance on rental deposit, utility deposit and rent subsidy at a declining schedule and contingent upon the applicant’s circumstances.  All assistance is paid directly to the landlord of the rental or the utility company. This program is part of a homelessness prevention initiative, helping residents get into and sustain consistent housing.

Population served:

  • Homeless
  • At-risk of homelessness
  • In a dangerous or desperate situation
  • Moving from emergency or transitional housing

Depending on need and available funds, this program may provide assistance with:

  • Security Deposit
  • First month’s rent
  • Subsidizes rental
  • Utility Deposit/Disconnection (electric, gas)

Qualification Guidelines

In order to apply for rental assistance, clients must meet the following guidelines:

  • Demonstrate a real need for assistance (are currently homeless or at-risk for homelessness, live in substandard conditions, experienced an unexpected layoff, unexpected eviction, etc.)
  • Within thirty (30) days prior to application demonstrate that household income is equal or greater than household expenses in order to prove housing can be sustained after assistance. If client does not have sufficient income at time of application, client must provide proof of future income. (Income can include supplemental assistance including food stamps and public financial assistance)
  • Qualifying applicants must contribute up to 30% of the cost of the emergency rental assistance and/or security deposit at the time of the rental application.
  • Demonstrate a desire to become self-sufficient and an ability to help oneself.
  • Only deposit assistance is available for individuals with HUD vouchers.

Process for applying for rental assistance:

1. Qualification Interview

(approximately 45- minutes, 9am - 3pm, Monday - Friday at MEO Community Services office)
Meet with a Case Manager to conduct an intake and assessment and complete an income/expense evaluation to assess if client meets the first and second qualification guidelines. Client will also receive application requirements for the program.

2. Application Interview

(approximately 2-hours, by appointment only)
Meet with Housing Specialist to review and acknowledge all required documents, create a detailed income/expense assessment, and discuss factors leading to client’s need for assistance. (Acceptance into the program will take place within a week of the application interview if client qualifies and funding is available.)
**On rare occasions program acceptance can be reversed if new information regarding client’s eligibility is presented.

3. Enrollment

(approximately 1/2 hour, by appointment only)
Review with Housing Specialist the documents required and complete agreements for enrollment into the rental assistance program

Who we are

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO), chartered on March 22, 1965 is a private non-profit Community Action Agency. The current annual operating budget is $17 million dollars. MEO provides outreach and information, and administers human service programs to low-income persons, the youth, elderly, immigrants, ex-offenders, persons with disabilities and medical needs...


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