Kauai Residents Eligible for Housing Assistance


Kauai residents affected by the devastating flooding that struck the Garden Island in April can get help paying their housing bill, under a new assistance program offered through the Kauai Board of REALTORS®.

The funds come from a $100,000 grant awarded to the Kauai Board by the REALTORS® Relief Foundation, a national charitable foundation dedicated to providing housing-related assistance to victims of disasters.

“This grant represents another important way the REALTOR® community steps up in times of need, wherever or whenever it arises,” said Karen Ono, Executive Officer of the Kauai Board of REALTORS®.

This award will allow us to help Kauai residents affected by the devastating floods make their rent or mortgage payment, up to $1,800 per household,” Ono added. “Natural disasters are unpredictable and disruptive, and this program will make a real difference to local families.”

Unprecedented rains and flooding last month resulted in nearly $11 million in damage on Kauai, according to a preliminary assessment by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. More than 350 homes were damaged, 12 destroyed, prompting a federal disaster declaration on May 8.

Affected Kauai residents can apply for assistance with their monthly mortgage payment if their homes were damaged by the Kauai flooding disaster, or with their rent if they were displaced from their primary residences by the flooding. Applicants will need to provide proof of residency and a copy of their mortgage or rent statement or agreement.

This REALTORS® Relief Foundation grant supports financial assistance for housing relief only, and does not apply to other expenses. Recipients must be full-time Kauai residents and either be U.S. citizens or legally admitted for residence in the U.S.

The Application for Disaster Relief Assistance can be found on the Kauai Board of REALTORS® website at KauaiBoard.com. All applications must be submitted by July 31, 2018, and will be reviewed anonymously (without applicant names).

For more information, call (808) 245-4049 or email kbr@kauaiboard.com.