Program Description

The Assistance to the Aged, Blind and Disabled (AABD) program provides cash benefits for food, clothing, shelter, and other essentials to a gap group of Hawaii residents. They are elderly adults (65 years of age or older) or individuals who meet the Social Security Administration (SSA) definition of disabled or blind. Most are not eligible for federal Social Security benefits. To qualify for State assistance, individuals must have countable income below 34% of the 2006 Federal Poverty Level and resources not exceeding of $2,000 for a single person and $3,000 for a couple.

Program Goal

To provide safety net assistance to individuals who are age 65 and older, and/or permanently disabled, and/or who do not qualify for federal benefits, or qualify for very little. Interim assistance also is provided to those waiting for a SSA determination of eligibility for SSI or SSDI.