Kohala families with children impacted by fires eligible for Maui Relief TANF Program

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November 28, 2023
Families with dependent children who were impacted by the wildfires in Kohala, Hawai‘i Island, are eligible for Maui Relief TANF Program benefits, Maui Economic Opportunity and the state Department of Human Services announced Tuesday.

The same gusts from weakening Hurricane Dora moving south of the islands that fanned fires in Lahaina and Kula on Aug. 8 also threatened hundreds of homes in Kohala. The wildfires burned about 1,000 acres, resulted in some damage but fortunately no deaths, and were included in emergency proclamations.

The Maui Relief TANF Program, administered by MEO in a partnership with the state Department of Human Services, offers rental and mortgage, utility, and down payment on a new vehicle and loan payment assistance, as well as gift cards for clothing and school supplies.

Families with dependent children in their households, 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.

To apply for the Maui Relief TANF Program, go to www.meoinc.org and click to the Maui Relief TANF program under “Quick Links” or open the url https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/ddfc0bcdfe5d403dbc526c436615d0bf.

The link also includes a list of required documents, which applicants will need to upload with their applications.

Applicants also may visit Hawai‘i County Economic Opportunity Council in-person (with their required documents) to fill out forms from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays (except holidays), at 47 Rainbow Drive in Hilo.

For more information, contact MEO at (808) 243-4404.

Maui Economic Opportunity staffed a table at the Maui County Senior Resource Fair at The Maui Mall Village on Saturday, Nov. 18. Information about MEO programs was available, including the Maui Relief TANF Program.

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