Participation in programs will require eligibility determination. For more information or to schedule a KEO appointment, please call 245-4077.

  • Mediation
    • Provides conflict resolution program to assist participants through a process in solving disagreements. It also provides referrals and information for legal services in the community.
  • Landlord Tenant Eviction Mediation Program
    • The Legislature this session passed HB1376, and the governor signed it as Act 57, which makes significant changes to the landlord-tenant code and incentivizes mediation:
      • Renters have more time to seek assistance and to work out agreements to avoid eviction.
      • Renters have a right to mediation; and
      • Initially, the Courts can only consider Summary Possession cases for those owing four months of back rent or more.
  • Peer Mediation Program
    • Provides conflict resolution for middle school children and high school students using trained peer mediators.
  • Home Delivered Meals Program
    • Provides meal delivery to eligible home-bound elderly. Meal delivery is also available to private participants for a fee.
  • Elderly Food Security Program
    • Provides hot lunches and nutrition education at neighborhood centers. Meal sites are located at various neighborhood centers throughout Kauai.
  • Food Services Program
    • KEO Kitchen which provides USDA approved meal services for KEO programs (such as Elderly Nutrition), Early Learning Centers, and other private vendors.
  • Emergency Food Pantry
    • Provides emergency food to low-income families or individuals.
  • Persons-In-Need Program
    • Provides a one time or temporary financial assistance for individuals who are financially needy and meet the funding criteria.
  • Margaret Cargill Fund
    • Provides assistance for elderly persons aged 60 to 64 years old who are financially needy.
  • Assessment Center at the Mana’olana Emergency Shelter
    • Assists Homeless with a Housing Assistance plan using various methods and initiatives to obtain permanent housing and self-sufficiency including financial planning, budgeting, jobs placement, educational needs, etc.
  • Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO)
    • As a CHDO agency, KEO assists other agencies and partners in developing affordable housing for low- and moderate-income populations.
  • Group Home
    • Pa’a Hana, located in Kapa’a, is a permanent residential home for homeless adults with physical challenges.
  • Homeless Emergency Shelter
    • Mana ‘Olana provides 24-hour shelter for homeless individuals and families to stabilize and offer them a safe place to reassess and plan towards obtaining permanent housing.
  • Homeless Repatriation Program
    • Funds provide homeless persons with a full airfare of one-way ticket to reunite with families or friends for a safe and stable housing environment.
  • Homeless Shelter Program
    • Transitional Shelter Sites provide safe & decent short-term housing along with assistance aimed at facilitating a transition to permanent housing. These sites address barriers that hinder homeless individuals from obtaining & retaining permanent housing through a coordinated effort of health, housing, financial, and social services. Program fees are charged at 30% of gross income. Potential participants are accepted by referral from a Coordinated Entry System (CES).
      • Komohana Group Home is a transitional housing site for homeless persons. Located in Puhi, the home has bedrooms for single persons and a master bedroom for a single person or couple.
      • Mana`olana Transitional Shelter consists of 8 one-bedroom units with bathroom and kitchen.
  • Transitional Housing Projects
    • Lawehana and Kome transitional housing sites provide safe & decent transitional housing & assistance towards permanent housing by addressing obstacles which prevent homeless persons from obtaining & retaining permanent housing through a coordinated effort of health, housing, financial and social services. Monthly program fees are charged at $1,250 for 3-bedroom & studio for $675.
      • The Kome Transitional Home is located in Kapaa. It is a 3-bedroom home for family size of 5-8 persons.
      • The Lawehana Transitional Home is located in Hanamaulu. It is a 3-bedroom home for family size of 5-8 persons and 1 studio for 1-2 people.
  • United Way Loan
    • Assists individuals and families with a loan for security deposit to obtain or retain rental homes.
  • Emergency Electric Assistance Program
    • Provides a one-time electric assistance for past due bill or urgent notice.
  • Hawaii Home Energy Assistance Program (H-Heap, formerly LIHEAP)
    • Provides funds for eligible low-income families with utility bills to receive a one-time energy credit or energy crisis intervention.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program
    • Provides energy saving education and installation of free energy saving devices, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs, refrigerators and solar heaters at no cost to eligible households.

Help For Those Affected by The Wildfire

  • Rental
  • Mortgage
  • Auto Loan Down Payment
  • Auto Loan
  • Utilities
  • Clothing
  • School Supplies (as applicable)
  • Adult with at least 1 dependent child
  • 350% of federal poverty level (see list)
  • Impacted by August wildfires with property loss/damage or lost earnings/job.
  • Hawai’i resident
  • 1 Member: $60,585
  • 2 Members: $79,380
  • 3 Members: $100,065
  • 4 Members: $120,750
  • 5 Members: $141,435
  • 6 Members: $162,020
  • Identification: Driver’s license, state ID
  • Social Security verification: Social Security card, tax documentation, federally accepted documents.
  • Proof of Hawaii residency: Utility bill, lease
  • Proof of Income: Paystubs, tax forms, unemployment insurance, self-attestation.
  • Proof of loss: damage or reduction in earnings or employment loss as a direct result of the wildfires. Union letter, emails, texts; employer’s letter, email; self-attestation
  • Proof of a dependent child in the home: Lease, birth certificate for child reflecting relationship to adult, tax document, school document, other.