22nd Annual White Cane Walk

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 in News

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Vocational Rehabilitation Division (DVR) is holding its 22nd Annual White Cane Safety Awareness Day Walk to demonstrate the importance of the white cane to blind and visually impaired communities. The white cane empowers blind and visually impaired individuals with independence, freedom and confidence.

The State of Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) has been awarded a federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) bonus of $915,580 for the most improved Program Access Index (PAI) for fiscal year 2013. This is the second consecutive year, and third time overall, that Hawaii has been recognized for its program improvements.

Throughout the month of October, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will be accepting applications for its second 2014-2015 Preschool Open Doors (POD) program. Applications received between Oct.1 and Oct. 31, 2014 will be considered for POD participation from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2015.

DHS Released from Federal Injunction

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 in News

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD) has successfully closed a February 2011 class action lawsuit for failure to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits within timeframes outlined by federal law. To address the application backlog, BESSD developed and implemented the Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) project, which converted the former Case Management system to a Process Management system.

The Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness (HICH) has organized a week-long set of trainings titled “Housing First System and Practice Implementation,” being held from Sept. 8 to 12, 2014, in Honolulu and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The federal Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), which administers states’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) formerly known as Food Stamps, has extended Hawaii’s reimbursement deadline for food spoiled during Tropical Storm Iselle. The new deadline is Aug. 30, 2014

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD) is opening four assistance offices for current SNAP beneficiaries on the east side of Hawaii Island. BESSD representatives will be stationed at the below locations Mondays –Fridays between 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, through August 22. These sites will be closed Friday, August 15 for the Admissions Day holiday. They are: Hawaiian Shores Community Center; Nanawale Estates Community Association; Leilani Estates Community Center Association; and Hawaiian Paradise Park - Church of the Nazarene

Thousands of Hawaii households remain without electricity in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Iselle this past weekend.  Most people affected by power outages reside on the east side of Hawaii Island.  Others are scattered across Oahu and Maui County. The Department of Human Services (DHS) reminds beneficiaries of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ...
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With grant support from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) has expanded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) access to Farmers’ Markets throughout the State. The $57,000 Farmers’ Market Equipment Grant provides funding for free Electronic Benefit Terminals (EBT) and technical assistance to market managers interested in acquiring new EBT point-of-sale devices.

MSNBC Host, Ronan Farrow talks to DHS Director Patricia McManaman, and youth advocate, Noy Worachit, about what some supporters say is a game-changer for the foster care system.

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