Kaua‘i 2021 Coronavirus Rental and Utility Assistance Program (CRUA)

Program Quick Links

  • See the full Program Overview here
  • To apply click here
  • To check your application status click here
  • Please refer to this FAQ for further questions.

To recertify for additional assistance (required if previously funded):

Based on funding availability, and how many benefit months you have received, you may continue to receive additional rents and/or utility funding. A Recertification form and Vendor Verification form are required each time you recertify for at least 3 months of funding.

News & Updates

Nov. 21, 2022: Increased Processing Timelines due to High Volume and Short Staffing

The Kaua'i FCU CRUA team is experiencing a high volume of applications and are currently short staffed. We are processing applications as quickly as we can, in the order in which we receive them and according to prioritization guidelines provided from the U.S. Treasury. Please use the "Check your status" of your application for updates. We are providing a 30-day processing service timeline from submission to funding. Fully completed applications with all required documents are processed quickest.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Sept. 15 2022: Press Release from the Kaua’i County http://www.kauai.gov/Portals/0/Mayor/PIO/PR_2022-09-15Countysrentalutilityassistanceprogramenterstransitionalphase.pdf?ver=2022-09-15-134718-213

As the CRUA program begins to wind down, starting November 1, the rental assistance cap will be lowered to $1,500 per month. Beginning December 1, the program will only be available to vulnerable populations, including households facing imminent eviction, households with a combined income at or under 50% AMI, kupuna age 62 or older, and domestic violence survivors. These changes were made in line for the transition of the island into post-pandemic times. For residents needing assistance moving away from CRUA benefits, please contact the Kaua’i Financial Opportunity Center run by Hawaiian Community Assets. They provide HUD-certified counselors and work with residents to find financial solutions that fit their needs. To contact them, please call 808-784-3841 or email kauaifoc@hawaiiancommunity.net.

 

April 25, 2022: The AMI Income limits have been increased. Please use the calculation below to see if you may now qualify.

How to Calculate Annual Median Income (AMI) example:

    • 2020 or 2021 tax return – add adjusted gross income for each household member
    • Add your last two (2) paychecks together, then multiply it by 12 (if paid twice a month) to calculate your AMI.

**If you get paid weekly, add the four (4) paychecks together

Example:

$500 (1st paycheck) + $450 (2nd paycheck) = $950 (monthly income)

$950 (monthly income) x 12 months = $11,400 (annual income)

 

March 24, 2022: CRUA Program Updates County of Kaua‘i

As of March 2022, the County’s Coronavirus Rental and Utility Assistance Program (CRUA), administered by Kaua‘i Federal Credit Union (Kauai FCU), has successfully distributed approximately $20,000,000 to approximately 1600 households in emergency rental assistance to Kaua‘i households suffering financial hardship due to the pandemic. This has been a tremendous infusion of much-needed assistance into the community. As the island transitions to post-pandemic times, renters across Kaua‘i are encouraged to develop sustainable plans for the payment of rent and utilities without CRUA assistance.

About the Program

Kaua‘i FCU has been taking applications for the CRUA program since May 10, 2021, to assist the residents of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, who have demonstrated a reduction in household income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with rent and utility assistance funding under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 which was enacted on December 27th, 2020.

Emergency Rental Assistance program round two from The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, enacted on March 11, 2021, provides funds “directly to states, U.S. territories, local governments, and (in the case of ERA1) Indian tribes.” These continued funds are to be used “to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs.” Kaua‘i FCU is honored to continue to partner with the County of Kaua‘i and Kūpa‘a Kaua‘i in disbursing these funds to our Kaua‘i & Ni‘ihau residents.

See the Media & Resources tab for more information on what you should know as a tenant and as a landlord, and links to additional resources from our partners.

In-person Assistance and Community Outreach

For in-person or over the phone live application assistance, please email rent@kauaicreditunion.org or call (808) 482-3777 to schedule an appointment with a CRUA team member. 

Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm, with possible evening and weekend appointments. In-person appointments are hosted at our Lihue and Kilauea branches.

To see past outreach click here.

 

 

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