Mayor Michael Victorino signed a relief bill today to launch a $2 million program to assist residents who’ve been severely impacted with job losses from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis.
“Maui County is establishing the Hawaii Emergency Laulima Program (HELP) to make available $2 million to assist residents who’ve suffered economic hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mayor Victorino said.“In this unprecedented time of uncertainty, we want to reach out to our hard-hit hotel, restaurant, retail and other workers who’ve seen their source of livelihood shut down to slow down the spread of this disease.”
“Assistance is intended to make payments for critical needs,” Mayor Victorino said. “We hope to help thousands of households stay afloat during this difficult time. This assistance is for food, medicine, rent, mortgage, utility payments, phone or Internet service, car payments or insurance (car, home and medical).”
The County will be working with Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. to implement the program, and provide more details and information to the public.