KAUA‘I GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FEDERAL CREDIT UNION ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2021 CORONAVIRUS RENTAL AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM STARTING MAY 10
Starting May 10, 2021, residents of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau with a demonstrated reduction in income due to the COVID 19 pandemic will be eligible to apply for the County of Kaua‘i’s 2021 Coronavirus Rental and Utility Assistance Program. To qualify, individuals must demonstrate a household income of not more than 80% of the area median income (AMI).
The 2021 Coronavirus Rental and Utility program is designed to support individuals and families pay essential cost of living expenses as the economy recovers in the aftermath of the pandemic. Eligible expenses include future rent, rental arrears and utilities in arrears for the period March 2020 through September 2022, as funds permit.
Eligible applicants may receive up to $4,500 per month for rent with no monthly cap on qualifying utilities. Information from both tenants and landlords must be provided in order for an application to qualify for the program. The cooperation of both parties is appreciated.
Households with income of no more than 50% percent of the AMI or in which one or more household member(s) is unemployed and has been unemployed for 90 days will be prioritized. Funding will be limited to households’ primary residence of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau. Households will be limited to 12 months of total grant assistance.
To qualify for rent and/ or utility assistance on May 10, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a Kaua‘i County resident;
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Be a renter
- Have incurred a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic or experienced significant increased costs, or other financial hardship, directly or indirectly related to the outbreak, and have an annual gross household income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI) for the number of members in their household.
The following chart illustrates the 80% area median income (AMI) for various household sizes on which the qualification threshold is based:
- 1 persons: $57,100
- 2 persons: $65,250
- 3 persons: $73,400
- 4 persons: $81,550
- 5 persons: $88,100
- 6 persons: $94,600
- 7 persons: $101,150
- 8 persons: $107,650
Online applications began on May 10, 2021 at 6:00am. In-person online application assistance have been, and will continue to be, accepted at KGEFCU satellite locations scheduled around the island. A calendar with scheduled locations is found here.
Applications will also be accepted at KGEFCU satellite locations scheduled around the island. A calendar with scheduled locations is forthcoming and will be posted below.
Persons without internet access or a computer are encouraged to visit one of the satellite program locations or reach out to their local library for times, availability, and guidelines on available computer use.
Applicants needing an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability should contact KGEFCU at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, noting “ADA” in the subject line of the email. Early requests for assistance will ensure KGEFCU staff can respond on a priority basis.
Kaua‘i Government Employees Federal Credit Union (KGEFCU) hosted a webinar on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 to introduce the 2021 Coronavirus Rental and Utility Assistance. It was attended by more 130 residents. Questions and feedback from the community have been consolidated and the recorded webinar is available for viewing on the website.
Required application forms are also available under Documents. Details on eligibility requirements are available in the FAQ section of the website and in person live support is available at both the Lihue and Kilauea branch of KGEFCU for application intake and/or questions.
Intake specialists will be reaching out to the landlords and property managers for W9's and Vendor Verification Forms if not included with application. While completed applications will reduce processing time, our intake team will assist you if more documentation Is required.
We will get through this, Kaua‘i.