Our Purpose

The purpose of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Rent Relief Program (DHHLRRP) is to provide financial assistance to native Hawaiians on the DHHL Waiting List who experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are renters in the state of Hawai'i. This program is being supported in whole, by federal award number 23.021 awarded to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Eligible Expenses

  • Rent (maximum of 12 months)

  • Back rent from March 13, 2020 to current

  • Utilities (electric, gas, water/sewer, trash)

  • Back payment on utilities going back to March 13, 2020

Funds will go directly to vendors whom you have an obligation with.

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The Department of Hawaiian Homeland (DHHL) Rent Relief Program is NOT the same program as the Hoʻāla or Kahiau Emergency Assistance Programs. This is a NEW Program for those on the DHHL waitlist. If you would like to apply for the DHHL Rent Relief Program please make sure that you are on the DHHL waiting list and start your application today.

For questions regarding this program, please call our main line at 808-529-1624.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be on the DHHL Applicant Waiting List OR an Undivided Interest Lessee in the State of Hawaiʻi

  • Rent housing in the State of Hawaiʻi

  • Be 18 years or older

  • Prove one or members of household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or other financial hardship due to COVID-19

  • Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, unsafe or unhealthy living conditions, or any other evidence of such risk

  • Meet income qualification—less than 80% Area Median Income (AMI). Amount differs by county. See the chart below.

Required Documents

  • Photo ID & Proof of Residency (one of the following):

    • Valid Hawaiʻi State ID,

    • Hawaiʻi Driver License

    • U.S. Passport showing residency​

  • Proof of Hardship (all that are applicable):​

    • Eviction Notice 

    • Past due bills

    • Unemployment (UI) Document

    • Reduction in income or increase in living expenses

  • Income Statement:

    • Documentation that shows income is at or below 80% AMI from everyone in the household

      • 2020 Tax Documents (i.e., 1040, W2, 1099), OR

      • 2 Months most recent income verifying documents

        • example: paystubs, UI statements, public benefit statements, other income

  • Bill Documentation:

    • lease/rental agreement​

    • utilities

  • Housing Counseling

    • ​All approved applications will be referred to DHHL for individualized Housing Counseling


80% Area Median Income (AMI) Table for Hawaiʻi

2021 80 percent AMI

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Are you on the DHHL Waiting List?

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