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City's Rental and Utility Relief Program will temporarily reopen in September

HONOLULU -- To help Oʻahu renters cope with rising housing costs, the City and County of Honolulu's Rental and Utility Relief Program (RURP) will temporarily reopen for new applications on:

  • Tuesday, September 5, and Wednesday, September 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dole Canneryʻs Tenant Conference Room (680 Iwilei Road, #158, Honolulu).
  • Wednesday, September 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Filipino Community Center (94-428 Mokuola St., Waipahū)
  • Wednesday, September 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Susan B. Wesley Community Center (1117 Kaili St., #3432, Honolulu)

Applications are by appointment only. Renters can make an appointment by calling one of these numbers: (808) 940-5209, or (808) 940-6993, or (808) 940-2838, or (808) 728-3508, or (808) 741-6966.

"Allowing people to stay in stable housing keeps families together, and it strengthens our communities," said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. "The Rental and Utility Relief Program is a major part of creating an economy that is more diverse, equitable, and filled with good jobs."

New Applicants

This temporary reopening is for new applicants only. New applicants can qualify for up to six months of rent and utility help. Renters should apply only once. Duplicate applications will slow down processing.

Income limits and eligibility rules apply. New applicants are encouraged to review eligibility information in the FAQ at

Documents to Bring

Renters should bring:

  • Photo ID card for head of household (driver's license, State ID card, or a passport)
  • Signed Social Security card and income documents for everyone over 18
  • Proof of financial hardship since March 13, 2020
  • Valid rent agreement
  • Late rent and/or utility bills or eviction notice

Applications are funded by $25 million in State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds approved by the Honolulu City Council on February 22, 2023. The Program has helped more than 18,000 Oʻahu families starting in April 2021.

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