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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2018 Pāhoa, HI – Short-term food assistance will soon be available for families affected by the East Hawai‘i Kilauea volcanic eruption through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). The State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services (DHS) will accept applications in Hilo and Kailua-Kona beginning Wednesday, July 25. “East ...
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HONOLULU, HI– On Monday, July 2, the Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women at the Department of Human Services launched its first anti-trafficking campaign to coincide with RIMPAC. The “She is All Women” campaign aims to bring attention to the outsized demand for prostitution inHawai‘i — a demand met in part by sex trafficking, and that surges ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2018 Honolulu, HI – As part of National Reunification Month, the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare Services and its partners will honor Estrella Barnett, her family and the many hard-working community supports that strive to keep children safe and families together. DHS and community partners including Partners in ...
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HONOLULU – Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB) is the first organization in Hawai‘i to launch Project SEARCH, a one-year program aimed at helping secure competitive employment for people with disabilities. In partnership with the Hawai‘i State Department of Health, Abilities Unlimited, Department of Human Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Kalani High School, REHAB serves as the ...
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Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services (DHS) has opened an application period for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program-2018-2019 POD school year, and encourages families to apply between May 1, 2018 and May 31, 2018. Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during July 1, 2018 and June 30, ...
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Honolulu, HI – Two child care providers are celebrating a unique and prestigious honor: Helen McComber and Pegeen Echavaria are the first two home-based child care providers in Hawai‘i to achieve national accreditation. The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Windward Community College’s Learning to Grow Project come together to provide funding and technical assistance ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 2, 2018 Open Application Period Begins for Preschool Open Doors Program Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services encourages families to apply for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program, which is currently open until Thursday, March 29, 2018.  Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during ...
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Something Sweet for Our DHS ‘Ohana

Posted on Aug 25, 2017 in Main

As a thank you to some of our O‘ahu employees, the Director’s Office served cake for our teams at the Waiakamilo and Kapolei offices. We enjoyed a sweet time with cake and camaraderie, and we hope some of our DHS team members did too!

‘Ohana is Forever for Foster Youth

Posted on Aug 25, 2017 in Main

By Judith Wilhoite, Family Advocate for It Takes An ‘Ohana and Lynne Kazama, Assistant Program Administrator for Child Welfare Services Branch Program Development Office The ‘Ohana is Forever Conference (OIF) is an annual event for current and former foster youth, as well as various adult stakeholders in the child welfare services area, to hear about various ...
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Refugee Assistance

Posted on Aug 25, 2017 in Main

Refugees are eligible for numerous programs under applicable federal and/or state laws, including SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, cash assistance, and child care assistance. For example, 14 refugees received State Temporary Assistance for Other Needy Families (TAONF) – welfare for needy families with minor children – in FY 2017, and 4 refugees received General Assistance (GA) ...
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