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Posted on: February 4, 2021

Maui County granted $40 million in rent and utilities assistance in federal COVID relief

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino has announced that the County will receive $40 million in federal funds to assist local households, earning 80 percent or below area median income, for relief from delinquent rent and utility bills resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We are thankful to the Federal government, the state’s administrative and legislative branches, and to our own Maui County team for working so hard to ensure those who are in real need, through no fault of their own, will get the help they need,” said Mayor Victorino. “This will also come as welcome news to landlords, many of whom have struggled alongside their tenants over the past several months.”

Funding will be allocated to help with utility bill and rental assistance for households earning up to 80 percent of area median income that have lost income due to COVID-19 and are at risk of homelessness. 

The County of Maui’s Department of Housing & Human Concerns will solicit Requests for Proposals from nonprofit agencies with the capability, knowledge and experience to administer rental assistance programs using public funds. 

The County of Maui expects to receive a total of $40 million for this program, with an initial release of $15 million expected within a few weeks. Additional funds will be disbursed once the County obligates at least 70 percent of initial funds. Overall, 65 percent of the allocation must be expended by September 2021 to release the remainder of the funds. The entire $40 million must be used by year’s end. 

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