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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2020 Preschool Open Doors Program Deadline Extended to May 15, 2020 Amid COVID-19 Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services (DHS) is helping families better afford preschool for the 2020-2021 school year. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, DHS is extending the deadline to submit applications until May ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2020 (Revised May 1, 2020) HAWAIʻI EXPANDS ASSISTANCE TO HELP FAMILIES AND CHILD CARE PROVIDERS HONOLULU — The State of Hawaiʻi is expanding its efforts in early care and education to help both families and providers weather these uncertain times. Today, the Department of Human Services (DHS) announces the expansion ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Updated March 30, 2020 Department of Human Services Works to Protect and Continue Benefits and Services During the COVID-19 Crisis Honolulu, HI – The State of Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) is taking aggressive actions to protect the health and safety of the individuals and families we serve by maintaining essential ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2020 Med-QUEST works with UH Cancer Center to ensure access to clinical trials for cancer patients HONOLULU – The State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services Med-QUEST Division, a patient-centric Medicaid program, has worked with the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center to ensure access to clinical trials for cancer patients ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 2, 2020 Open Application Period Begins January 2, 2020 for Preschool Open Doors Program Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services (DHS) is helping families better afford preschool for the 2020-2021 school year. The Preschool Open Doors program opened an application period today that runs until March 31, 2020. Both ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2019 Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services (DHS) is helping families better afford preschool for the 2019-2020 school year. The Preschool Open Doors program opened an additional application period today that runs until May 31, 2019. Both the application period and funding are limited, so DHS encourages families ...
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In December 2018, Gov. David Ige reappointed Pankaj Bhanot as Department of Human Services (DHS) Director. As director, Bhanot also reappointed DHS Deputy Director Cathy Betts. Bhanot has served as DHS Director since September 2016, after the departure of former director Rachael Wong. Bhanot previously served as Wong’s deputy and had served as deputy for ...
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Important Info about SNAP Benefits

Posted on Jan 16, 2019 in Main, NEWS

Due to the partial federal government shutdown, we will be issuing February benefits earlier than normal for most SNAP clients. Clients may see their February benefits by Jan. 20. We encourage clients to please budget carefully for these early benefits. We cannot provide additional assistance in February. More information is available from our federal partners ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services (DHS) has opened an application period for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program 2019-2020 POD school year. We encourage families to apply between January 2, 2019 and March 29, 2019.  Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during July 1, ...
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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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