This page will be regularly updated with COVID-19 information from the federal government, including relevant executive branch agencies and Congress.
- Assistance for Homeowners: The federal government provides assistance to homeowners with mortgages backed by certain federal financial organizations. Aspects of the assistance also apply to renters living in dwellings backed by federal mortgages and subsidized housing. More information is available at https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/mortgage-and-housing-assistance/help-for-homeowners/learn-about-forbearance/.
- Assistance for Renters: The American Rescue Plan provided $152 million in dedicated rent and utility assistance funding to Hawai‘i through the Department of Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This funding is in addition to the $200 million Hawai‘i received in the December COVID-19 relief law. The new funds will be administered through the state and counties, see https://www.oneoahu.org/renthelp for more information. A brief overview of the program is currently available here: https://financialservices.house.gov/uploadedfiles/era_1-pgr_12.20.20.pdf.
- Eviction Moratorium: The State of Hawai‘i extended its state-issued eviction moratorium until June 8, 2021. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has also ordered a residential property eviction moratorium that covers all renters through June 30, 2021. The moratorium does not relieve tenants of the obligation to pay their rents, and the moratorium does not prohibit landlords from charging fees, penalties and interest. However, the following organizations offer rental and other financial assistance to those in need:
• Catholic Charities Hawai‘i (808-521-4357)
• Aloha United Way (www.auw.org)
• Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (808-596-8155)
• Helping Hands Hawai‘i (808-536-7237)
- Assistance for Student Loan Holders: Federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows them to temporarily stop making monthly loan payments. This suspension of payments will last until at least September 30, 2021, but students can still make payments if they choose. More information is available here: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus.
- Financial, Benefits & Claims Relief for Veterans: Veterans can continue to get information about benefits or file a claim for benefits by visiting https://www.va.gov/. Veterans with specific claims or other questions may request information via the Inquiry Routing & Information System (https://iris.custhelp.va.gov/) or telephone (1-800-827-1000). The Department of Veterans Affairs has also set up online tools and frequently asked questions for routine or non-urgent questions related to COVID-19 at https://www.va.gov/coronavirus-veteran-frequently-asked-questions/.
- Federal Tax Relief: The Internal Revenue Service has posted information on filing your taxes and guidance on the tax provisions from the emergency stimulus measures at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments.
- Other Assistance: For the latest information about unemployment benefits, cash payments and assistance for small businesses, please visit my main COVID-19 page.
General Federal Information, Resources and Actions