KEY UPDATE SITES
Maui County COVID-19 Updates
Hawaii State Department of Health Re: COVID-19
Other Hawaii Departments
Hawai‘i State Department of Health, Disease Outbreak Control Division
Hawai‘i State Department of Transportation
Hawai‘i State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority
Hawai‘i Department of Education
Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
CDC Travel Notices:
Prevention & Protection
H.E.L.P. - HAWAII EMERGENCY LAULIMA PARTNERSHIP
Financial assistance for Maui County residents to pay for essential needs due to a layoff, reduction in hours or loss of income related to COVID-19. Needs include: food, personal hygiene, medicine, rent, mortgage, utility payments, phone or internet service, car payments, and other essential needs.
As we are all looking at social distancing due to COVID-19, keeping sick workers and those who need to care for their families at home, considering or implementing flex schedules, and telecommuniting to keep work flowing as much as possible, we wanted to share a telecommuting resource to help.
Home Internet Access
If you do not have internet access at home, or cannot afford to maintain it, but need internet for work or school, Spectrum is offering free internet access to homes with students.
Spectrum also offers Internet Assist, a low-cost home internet package for qualifying individuals and households.
Additionally, many internet providers have announced that they are waiving late payment fees, increasing caps on internet speeds, and will not disconnect customers for not paying monthly bills on time. If you have questions or concerns about your internet connection, contact your provider or visit their website for more information.
Unemployement - For those Laid Off or with
Hawai‘i State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) strongly suggests filing for unemployment benefits online as of 3/16/20 at the link below. Governor Ige noted on 3/17 that the one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits is waived for those unemployed because of COVID-19.
Patch is a community service organization dedicated to supporting Hawaii's child care needs. They help families find the right child care and offer FREE resources on choosing and paying for child care, child development, parenting, becoming a child care provider and other useful resources. Maui: (808) 242-9232 https://www.patchhawaii.org/
Feed My Sheep is a unique mobile food distribution program, bringing food to neighborhoods each week. For more information on Feed My Sheep, please call 808-870-9421 or visit http://feedmysheepmaui.com
The Maui Food Bank is Maui County's safety net for hunger relief. They have senior and youth programs, food distribution through partner agencies and ohana drops. For more information, visit https://mauifoodbank.org
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps
All of USDA's programs, including SNAP, WIC and the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, have flexibilities and contingencies built-in to allow us to respond to on-the-ground realities and take action as directed by Congress. Legislation is currently being considered in Congress.
Mortgage, Rent, and Utilities Payment Assistance
Our County and State are looking at ways to assist with mortgage or rent payments.
The County has Parntered with MEO on the HELP Program - financial assistance for Maui County residents to pay for essential needs due to a layoff, reduction in hours or loss of income related to COVID-19. Needs include: food, personal hygiene, medicine, rent, mortgage, utility payments, phone or internet service, car payments, and other essential needs.
The Governor mentioned that the state is working on a program to ensure no eviction-notices will be served, no utilities will be shut off, and no foreclosures will take place due to non-payment during the COVID-19. TheState Office of Consumer Protection is working with its Landlord Tenant Center, and emergency provisions are already in place for applicable tenants. The state is working with the community’s business partners and non-profit organizations to maintain stability for our families by:
Hawaiian Electric is suspending disconnections for 30 days.
Be sure to follow local news, radio, and official social media profiles to learn more about these programs when they become available.
If you are struggling with your loans, check with your lender and inquire about available assistance programs.
Bank of Hawaii has two financial assistance programs to help Bank of Hawaii loan customers facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Our Forbearance Program provides loan forbearance for up to 3 months for residential mortgages, home equity loans and home equity lines in the amortization period. Our Extension Program provides a loan extension for up to 3 months for personal and auto loans.
Information, requirements, and specific details on each of the programs are available by calling the following numbers:
If you have health insurance, visit the website for your provider or contact their customer support line with any questions about coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment. Many healthcare insurers are also making telemedicine available to customers for low or no cost.
If you do not have health insurance, you may be eligible for benefits through your state. Visit this website to explore options based on your household income, children in the home, and state. https://www.insurekidsnow.gov/
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, and shortness of breath) and are concerned that you cannot afford to seek treatment or a test, contact your medical provider or the nearest Urgent Care facility to seek guidance. Free testing for COVID-19 is becoming available in many places, but medical care may still incur a charge. Be sure to ask questions about cost if you seek medical care or treatment.
Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Employees are eligible to take FMLA leave if they work for a covered employer and:
Grocery Stores & Special Hours for Seniors
Check the hours of your local grocery store or bank for special ours for Kupuna.