FAQs

About

  1. How is CNHA affiliated with the SCHHA?

    The Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly (SCHHA) is an active CNHA member and community partner working closely with CNHA on homestead policy priorities.

Contact

  1. How can I start receiving Native News Clips or other CNHA announcements?

    Subscribe to our mailing list to start receiving news clips and other up-to-date information from CNHA in your inbox.

  2. Are your offices only on Oʻahu?

    CNHA’s main headquarters is located in Kapolei, Oahu. We also have small satellite offices in Washington, DC and Kauai. However, we offer our grants, loans, trainings and technical assistance programs statewide. Please contact us directly for specific service needs in your area.

Members

  1. Do I have to be a Native Hawaiian Organization to become a member?

    Native Hawaiian organizations are voting members of CNHA.

    However, we have supporting membership (Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian) and individual membership opportunities as well. Become a member today.

  2. How can I become a member of CNHA?

    To become a member of CNHA, download the form on our Become a Member page, print and fill it out, and mail it in with the required documentation.

Programs

  1. How can I become a recipient of the Hawaiian Way Fund?

    Access to Hawaiian Way Fund is a benefit of CNHA membership. Once you become a member you may enroll to receive contributions through Hawaiian Way Fund and CNHA can help support raising funds to support your mission.

  2. How often do Hawaiian Way Fund recipients receive checks?

    CNHA issues quarterly checks to designated donor recipients of the Hawaiian Way Fund.   Each distribution check includes a list of donors and dollar amounts contributed.

  3. Does CNHA charge a fee for Hawaiian Way Fund donor designations?

    No. CNHA does not charge any service fee for our donor program. 100% of the proceeds collected get distributed to the designated member.

  4. Does CNHA still offer services that were available through the Hawaii Family Finance Program?

    Yes, CNHA is a HUD-certified housing counseling agency and continues to offer financial education and counseling services. We also continue to partner with our member, Hawaiian Community Assets to provide interested individuals with first time homebuyer education workshops.

  5. What is an IDA Account?

    IDA is the acronym for an Individual Development Account. These are savings accounts that get matched with grants funds to individuals who successfully achieve their savings goals and participate in financial education workshops. The accounts incentivize individual savings goals with matched funding for every dollar saved. CNHA’s IDA program (HIDA) provided a 6:1 match to eligible recipients.

  6. Does CNHA have HIDA matched savings grants available for first-time homebuyers?

    Currently, CNHA has over a hundred families continuing to save towards achieving the goal of homeownership through HIDA. Matched grant funding is currently exhausted but we continue to seek resources to match our clients’ homeownership savings goals. We are confident that new funding sources will be available in the near future. Once resources are confirmed, we will take new applications for the HIDA matched savings program.