Hawaiian Community Assets strives to strengthen the capacity of low and moderate income communities to achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency, with a particular focus on Indigenous Hawaiians.
The HUD-approved 501 (c) (3) nonprofit housing counseling agency and community lending institution now aim to address a critical community need with a new financial assistance program for Native Hawaiian farm workers.
Farmers in Maui County are encouraged to apply and receive practical help in a variety of areas.
Through the program, native Hawaiian farmers will receive free tools and training from HCA certified counselors.
Tools include career coaching, monthly budget planning assistance, childcare funding matchmaking and more, all designed to help farmers qualify for financial assistance.
“Native Hawaiian farm workers are generally underserved when it comes to finding financial support and opportunities,” said Jeff Gilbreath, executive director of the HCA.
âWe intend to change that with our goal of reaching 100 farm workers within the next two months. “
Among other possible benefits, applicants to the program can get help qualifying for rental and mortgage loans, access loans up to $ 100,000 for the cost of buying a home (income and other program restrictions apply), qualify for up to $ 11,500 in home purchase grant funds, and check out HCA grants for the first month’s rent / deposit up to $ 4,000.
The Native Hawaiian Farmers program is open to all ages statewide and the registration deadline is September 30.
The program is one of a series of targeted plans that HCA offers to tenants, homeowners, families and now farmers.
To apply, call the HCA toll free at (866) 400-1116 or visit www.hawaiiancommunity.net.