From Helping Hands Hawaii

Helping Hands Hawaii has received a $1.5 million award from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to continue the Punawai Program, which provides asset incentives, financial literacy and multi-service referral activities designed to improve the quality of life for Native Hawaiians currently living at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty guidelines for Hawaii.

This program has been a combined effort between HHH, Catholic Charities of Hawaii and Hawaiian Community Assets since August 2013, and this award continues the partnership through 2017.

HHH will continue to provide emergency financial assistance and information and referral services on Oahu while CCH will provide the same services in Maui, Hawaii and Kauai counties. HCA expands its role to deliver financial education, financial counseling and Individual Development Accounts savings match/asset building products for all counties.

This collaborative approach is essential to the long-term financial success of Native Hawaiians and will utilize the resources and knowledge of all three organizations, which have long histories of providing services and supports to Native Hawaiians. These agencies have a variety of services that empower low-income, homeless and otherwise at-risk individuals and families to become self-sufficient.

“Helping Hands Hawaii is humbled and blessed to serve and support Native Hawaiians who struggle to live in a decreasingly affordable Hawaii,” said President and CEO Jan Harada of Helping Hands Hawaii. “We are fortunate to be engaged in a true collaborative partnership with Catholic Charities Hawaii and Hawaiian Community Assets, two organizations that share our desire to operate with integrity, compassion and humility to help Native Hawaiians realize a more financially stable future.”

In late June, Helping Hands Hawaii also announced it also received a grant of $5,000 from Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. The funds will support HHH’s Community Clearinghouse, which provides  basic necessities for families and individuals in need, such as food, clothing, furniture and household items free of charge through donations from the local community. Specifically, the grant will be used for operating two CCH vehicles used to pick up donations on Oahu. 

HHH also received a $20,000 grant in June from the Atherton Family Foundation for housing support for individuals in the Hawaii Pathways Project, a partnership between Helping Hands Hawaii and Catholic Charities Hawaii that provides permanent supportive housing to chronically homeless individuals with substance abuse or substance abuse and mental illness.



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