Public Notice

In accordance with Federal Register/Vol. 85, No. 56/Monday, 23, 2020/Notices  Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service (Docket No. RHS-20-MFH-0007) Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2020 Agency Rural Housing Service, USDA

Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council (H.C.E.O.C.) is submitting an application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service for Section 533 Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 HPG funding to assist and/or improve the handicapped accessibility of their homes in rural Hawaii County (all areas except Hilo).

Since 1989 HCEOC has used HPG federal and county funding to provide loans that have to enable 125 homeowners to repair their rural homes.  The proposed HPG program is described in the 2020 Housing Preservation Grant Statement of Activities which will be available online at  and at our Hilo office from April 20, 2020 – May 4, 2020.  Locations for review of 2020 HPG Statement of Activities at the following locations:


Or in person at the: HCEOC Hilo Office 47 Rainbow Drive Hilo, Hawai’i 96720 Phone: (808) 961-2681 Ext 204

Parties desiring to review and comment on the proposal are invited to submit written comments by mail (HCEOC 47 Rainbow Drive, Hilo, HI.  96720).  Email ( or fax (961-2812).  Please address the comments “2020 HPG Proposal – Attn: HCEOC Grant Writer on the subject line.  All written comments must be received by HCEOC Hilo by 4:00pm May 4, 2020.

HCEOC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  If you wish to file a Civil Rights HPG program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at or at any USDA Office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requesting in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail to USDA Director, Center for Civil Rights Enforcement 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-9410 or email

 Due to COVID-19 we encourage online reviews and comments.  Comments will be received at by 4:00pm May 4, 2020.  We will also have a copy at our Hilo office (47 Rainbow Drive) for review.  We will have benches outside of our office and drop off box for comments.