HCEOC is proud to be a nonprofit partner distributing federal relief funds through the Hawai‘i County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). ERAP benefits households whose income has been impacted directly by COVID-19 by providing up to 12 total months of utility and/or rental assistance between March 2020 and December 2021.

Who qualifies for ERAP?

  • 18 or older
  • Full-time resident of Hawaii County
  • Full-time renter in Hawaii County (homeowners do not qualify)
  • Verify proof of late rent, utility notice, and/or utilities bills
  • Very proof of financial hardship
  • Earn at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI) (see below)

Priority will be given to households with annual incomes at or below 50% AMI with one or more members that have been unemployed for at least 90 days prior to application. Payments for approved applicants will be made directly to their landlord, property manager, or utility company. Approved applicants will also have access to financial counseling and housing stability services.

FY 2020 annual Area Median Income (AMI) Low-Income Limit (LIL)

To qualify for ERAP, your annual income must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), calculated below based on your household size. If your annual income is higher than the level listed for your household size, your application will not be approved for an ERAP grant.

Household/Family SizeIncome Limit

If your household size is over eight (8) people, add $5,500 for each additional person

Required Documents

  • Copy of government-issued photo ID
  • Rent agreement or bill
  • All pages from 2020 Federal Tax Return
  • Pay stub(s) from within 30 days of application
  • Unemployment letter or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefit letter — if none, signed attestation form from nonprofit provider
APPLICANT INFORMATIONCopy of government-issued photo ID
INCOME VERIFICATION (provide all that apply for every household member)All pages and schedules from 2020 Federal Tax Form

or all of the following that apply:

(A) Pay stub from within the past 30 days

(B) Business bank statement from within the past 1 month if self-employed

(C) Either unemployment letter or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefit letter

(D) Public benefit statement

(E) Other income documentation (i.e. child support or alimony letter, pension/retirement earning statement, etc.)
HOUSING OR UTILITY INFORMATION (provide one of the following):(A) Copy of complete, current, and signed rental lease/contract

(B) Bank statement or cancelled check verifying payment of monthly rent (if no signed lease)

(C) Bank statement or cancelled check verifying payment of utilities for the residential unit (if no signed lease)
PROOF OF HARDSHIP (provide one of the following):(A) Unemployment or PUA approval letter

(B) Written attestation (request from nonprofit)
IF REQUESTING ASSISTANCE FOR PREVIOUS MONTHS, provide one of the following:(A) Past due rent notice with amount owed

(B) Eviction notice with amount owed

(C) Past due utility notice

All documents must be legible and complete, meaning that they must include all relevant information pertaining to the above requirements. ERAP cannot process partial or illegible documents.

How to Apply

The online application requires you to have a Google email account to complete. Use any existing Google email account or create one for free. Please check this email frequently as we will follow up with you regarding the status of your application.

Before starting your application, make sure all your documents are saved as either .PDF or image (.JPG, .PNG) formats.

If you do not have internet access, call ERAP at HCEOC to request a paper application or to apply over the phone: 808-932-2714.


ERAP Helpline (general questions, application updates, etc.)

Loke Kuamo‘o, ERAP Manager