Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Hawai'i Island only.


The Salvation Army is an approved partner for Hawaii County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). This program is funded by the County of Hawaii through federal funding and will provide rent and utility grants to an estimated 3,400 households that income qualify and can prove hardship due to COVID-19 for each month they receive assistance from March 2020 to December 2021. Funding will be limited to household’s primary residence on Hawaii island. Households will be limited to 12 months of total grant assistance.


ERAP Qualifications

To qualify for rent or utility assistance grants starting April 12th, applicants must meet the following qualifications:


  • Be a Hawai'i Island resident
  • At least 18 years old
  • Experience financial hardship due to COVID-19, and
  • 2020 or current annual gross household income at or below 80% of area median income for the number of members in their household. See chart above right to determine if your household income qualifies.


ERAP will give priority households at or below 50% of area median income with household members who have been unemployed for 90 days preceding the date of the application. An estimated 75% of all funding will go to households are this income level.



Two ways to apply:


Apply Online   Print Application



Required Documents

Applicants will be required to submit the following documents with their applications starting April 12th to be considered for rent or utility assistance:


  • Proof of Resident and Age for Applicant
    • Copy of Photo ID


  • Income Documents for ALL household members (provide all that apply)
    • 1040 Federal Tax Form for 2020
    • OR
    • 30 days most recent pay stubs
    • 2 months most recent business bank statements (if self-employed)
    • Unemployment or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefit letter
    • Public benefit statements


  • Housing
    • Copy of rental lease/contract


  • Proof of Hardship (provide 1 of the following)
    • 30 days of paystubs for February 2020
    • Unemployment or PUA approval letter
    • Letter from employer verifying job loss or reduced work hours
    • Business bank statements for January and February 2020 (if self-employed)


  • Housing Assistance Need (provide 1 of the following)
    • Past due rent notice
    • Eviction notice
    • Past due utility notice


Other ERAP Nonprofit Partners:

HOPE Services Hawaiʻi (HOPE) | https://www hopeserviceshawaii.org | (808) 935-3050

Hawaiʻi First Federal Credit Union (HFFCU) | https://www.hawaiifirstfcu.com/ | (808) 933-6600

Neighborhood Place of Puna (NPP) | https://www neighborhoodplaceofpuna.org | (808) 965-5550

Habitat for Humanity Hawaiʻi Island (HFHHI) | https://www.habitathawaiiisland.org | (808) 843-0071

Hawaiʻi County Economic Opportunity Council (HCEOC) | https://hceoc.net/ | (808) 932-2714