HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) has launched a new Homeowner Assistance Program for tenants who reside on Hawaiian lands.
The program will help homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgage, utilities, property taxes, insurance or association fees due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“We recognized early in the pandemic the need for mortgage relief on land of Hawaiian origin,” Deputy President Tyler Iokepa Gomes said. âIn April 2020, the ministry launched a mortgage deferral program for DHHL direct loan recipients.
âWe thank our congressional delegation for allocating these funds to provide mortgage relief as well as to help those who may have had difficulty with other housing expenses,â Gomes said.
The Homeowner Assistance Program will be administered by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA). DDHL also recently partnered with CNHA to expand its emergency rental assistance program.
âThe pandemic continues to devastate our native Hawaiian community, threatening not only the health of our people, but also their financial security,â said Kuhio Lewis, President and CEO of CNHA. “These federal funds are critical to keeping our native Hawaiian ‘ohana in their homes and helping to maintain the stability of our family communities during this crisis.”
For more information, visit, hawaiiancouncil.org/kokua.