Youth Empowerment & Success (YES) Hawai‘i is new program administered by Family Programs Hawai‘i, in partnership with EPIC ‘Ohana and the Department of Human Services."Empowering young people impacted by foster care."

Apply now for ETV funds for college

ETV Applications for Fall 2017 are available at https://shakatown.com/
Do you need more money for education?
Does this sound like YOU:
 Between the ages of 18 -21 [or 22 if you received ETV $ when you were 21]
 Aged out of DHS Foster Care at 18 or older; or
 Adopted at age 16 or older from DHS foster care; or
 Legal guardianship to a relative at age 16 or older from DHS foster care.
 Attending an accredited institution of higher education
 Making satisfactory progress [“C” or better]
 Need more money for education and have a budget that is reasonable regarding the cost of attendance at your school?

If this sounds like you, apply for ETV free Federal money – This is not a loan.
ETV Awards can go up to $5,000.00 per year – based on need.
Young adults in a DHS program like Imua Kakou (Extended Foster Care), Extended Adoption or Guardianship Assistance, and Higher Ed may be eligible.

Not sure if you may be eligible? File an application and DHS will figure out if you are eligible. If you have questions or need help, contact your worker, GAL or one of the Independent Living Providers listed below:

Kauai: Hale ‘Opio, 808-245-2873, http://www.haleopio.org
O‘ahu: Hale Kipa, 808-589-1829 ext. 251, http://www.halekipa.org
Maui: Maui Youth and Family Services, 808-579-8414, http://www.myfs.org
Hawai‘I Island: The Salvation Army – Family Intervention Services, East Hawai‘i: 808-959-5855, West Hawai‘i: 808-323-8174, http://Hawaii.salvationarmy.org/Hawaii/fis

Application period opens:  May 1, 2017
Last day to file an application:  August 15, 2017
Awards will be issued on or about September 21, 2017

Housing Assistance in Hawaii

Former foster youth may access Section 8 vouchers via the Step Up program on Oahu.  Hale Kipa Case Managers can help.  Youth with Individual Development Accounts from the Hawaii Youth Opportunity Initiative can also access up to $1,000 per year in matched funds for housing if they can save up half of what they need for a housing deposit or first month’s rent.

The following is a press release about another program that can help Hawaii residents avoid homelessness by providing a low interest loan to cover costs of moving into new housing.


On Saturday, July 1st, a Hawaii-based nonprofit lending institution launched the Hawaii Community Lending Initiative to bring small dollar loans to Hawaii families as a tool for fighting homelessness.  The Initiative was announced by Hawaii Community Lending (HCL), a US Department of the Treasury certified community development financial institution, in response to Hawaii’s affordable housing crisis and to address a homeless rate that remains the highest per capita of any state in the nation. Since its founding in November 2014, HCL has assisted 184 borrowers build and repair credit, reduce debt, and secure or sustain housing.

“Access to capital is key to solving our housing crisis,” said HCL Executive Director, Jeff Gilbreath, citing that Hawaii workers have the lowest annual average pay rates in the nation, yet face some of the highest housing costs[1]. “Many of us in Hawaii are one paycheck away from living on the beach or one deposit away from obtaining a rental. Our goal is to be a resource for local families to weather a financial storm, so they can secure and sustain housing.”

The Hawaii Community Lending Initiative is a partnership between the institution’s parent corporation, Hawaiian Community Assets, and St. Louis-based nonprofit, Justine Petersen. Through the Initiative, Hawaii Community Lending will provide Hawaii residents across the state with up to $5,000 to pay off payday loans, collections, high-cost credit, and for making emergency housing payments. The fixed-rate loans will be capped at an 8% annual percentage rate (APR).
According to Gilbreath, most Hawaii residents experiencing or at-risk of homelessness are unable to credit qualify for loans at local banks or credit unions when they face a financial emergency, forcing them to turn to payday loans which carry an average annual percentage rate of 459%.

“When our families borrow their next paycheck from payday lenders or get stuck in loans or credit cards at 29 or 30% APR, they watch their already limited financial resources squandered on interest,” continued Gilbreath. “As family, friends, and neighbors we have a moral obligation to ensure loans are available to our local families at affordable rates and at the same time, provide the education necessary to set them up for long-term financial success.”

All Hawaii Community Lending borrowers will be provided one-on-one credit counseling as part of their loan application process. Interest and fees earned from the loans will go to support the delivery of free financial education and housing counseling through Hawaiian Community Assets.

Hawaii residents interested in applying for a small dollar loans or to find out more information are encouraged to call Hawaii Community Lending at (toll-free) 1.866.824.0448. 

http://www.HawaiianCommunity.net

Hawaii Community Lending is a nonprofit, US Department of the Treasury certified community development financial institution with a mission to increase access to credit and capital to underserved Hawaii residents and with a particular focus on Native Hawaiians. The Hawaii Community Lending Initiative is made possible in partnership with HCL parent corporation, Hawaiian Community Assets, and St. Louis-based nonprofit, Justine Petersen.

Register for Ohana is Forever Conference by Tomorrow

Calling current and former foster youth! Registration is still open for the 11th Annual ‘Ohana is Forever Conference, but the deadline is approaching!

Youth on Oahu can follow link to register. Youth on a Neighbor Island should contact their social worker or ILP worker to check on flight availability.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/11th-annual-ohana-is-forever-conference-youth-young-adult-registration-14-26-tickets-34846851872

NOTE: Adult registration is by invitation only. If you are an adult supporter of foster youth who would like to come, please contact Sharon Simms at OIF@sasserviceshawaii.org or
(808) 387-6040
to check on availability.

Register now for the Ohana is Forever Conference on July 21st

Calling current and former foster youth from Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island! Registration is now open for the 11th Annual ‘Ohana is Forever Conference!

Youth on Oahu can follow link to register. Youth on a Neighbor Island should contact their social worker or ILP worker to check on flight availability.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/11th-annual-ohana-is-forever-conference-youth-young-adult-registration-14-26-tickets-34846851872

NOTE: Adult registration is by invitation only. If you are an adult supporter of foster youth who would like to come, please contact Sharon Simms at OIF@sasserviceshawaii.org or
(808) 387-6040
to check on availability.

Free performance on June 8th at 8pm

PAINT BY NUMBER

Youth and families are invited to attend this FREE preview showing!

Staff accompanying youth are welcome.  Call YES at 462-2144 if you are interested in attending.  Free tickets are available to non-profit organizations.  We can add you to the list as long as there are seats still available.

IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre delves into the creative action of dance and painting, set to live music by the Quadraphonix in ‘Paint By Number,’ scheduled for a preview on June 8, 8:00PM (doors open at 7:30) at Ward Gateway Center, 333 Ward Avenue in the former Sports Authority building. Inventively, ‘Paint By Number’ transforms the former Sports Authority space with a fantasy of color. IONA dancers are human paintbrushes and pallets, beginning the evening in the fertile white void of a blank masterpiece-to-be. As the dynamics pick up, the white floor canvas is no longer pristine; the stage comes alive with a new dimension of movement and color complimented and commanded by the Quadraphonix’s music. It is in the creative process itself that ‘Paint By Number’ tells a story of humanity, humor, peace, passion, and life. This process is a doorway into a unique experience that will leave each audience member with an urge take a dip in the powerful paint elixir.

IONA provides the entire front row of the audience with plastic sheeting reminiscent of a Gallagher performance- not to worry though, the paint is washable! Select audience members are also given painting paraphernalia in order to participate in the magnum opus. The intimate audience-dancer interaction combined with the colorful bodies and free-form music of the Quadraphonix, presents a different experience at each performance, magically tying together the process of dance, music, and painting. This is a family-friendly show that everyone will enjoy.