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MEDIA ADVISORY:  June 23, 2022 STATE WARNS OF TEXT SCAM ABOUT P-EBT BENEFITS HONOLULU — The Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services (DHS) is warning Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients and the general public, to be aware of a scam using texting to obtain your personal information after receiving reports from the community. The text ...
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For Immediate Release: April 5, 2022 UH News Release (click here) The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Health Policy Initiative (HPI), which aims to improve health care in Hawaiʻi, was launched thanks to a $10 million multi-year commitment from the Med-QUEST Division of the state Department of Human Services. Housed in UH Mānoa’s College of Social Sciences, HPI will facilitate ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   March 1, 2022 DHS Shares Family First Hawai‘i 2021 Accomplishments HONOLULU – The State of Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services (DHS) Social Services Division (SSD) Child Welfare Services (CWS) Branch is honored to share the Family First Hawai‘i (FFH) 2021 Accomplishments (click here). The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) provides Hawaiʻi ...
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MEDIA ADVISORY  February 24, 2022 SNAP/Financial Assistance Processing Centers and First-To-Work Offices at a number of statewide locations restart in-person services HONOLULU – Over the past two years, the Department of Human Services (DHS) took proactive and aggressive actions to provide vital services to support the needs of the community amid the pandemic. These unprecedented times ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  January 7, 2022 Preschool Open Doors Program Application Period Open Through March 31, 2022 Honolulu, HI – The Department of Human Services (DHS) is assisting families better-afford preschool for the 2022-2023 school year. The Preschool Open Doors program application began on January 3 and is open through March 31, 2022. Both the ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  December 30, 2021   DHS RECEIVED FEDERAL APPROVAL TO TEMPORARILY WAIVE INTERVIEWS FOR SNAP AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS AND RENEWALS HONOLULU – The State of Hawai`i Department of Human Services (DHS), Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD) announced today that beginning January 1, 2022 through March 31, 2022, the interview requirement for new ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 18, 2021 DHS ADMINISTERS NEARLY $80 MILLION IN AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT GRANTS TO SUPPORT AND STABILIZE THE CHILD CARE SECTOR Eligible Child Care Providers Have an Unprecedented Opportunity HONOLULU – The Department of Human Services (DHS) will administer nearly $80 million in stabilization grants to support child care providers and help to stabilize and increase the capacity of the child care ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 23, 2021 DHS LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL TO MODERNIZE THE FOSTER CARE LICENSING AND APPLICATION PROCESS New Web-Based System Will Make the Process More Convenient for Applicants  HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Department of Human Services (DHS), Child Welfare Services (CWS) launched a new online portal this week that will modernize the resource ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 8, 2021  SUMMER P-EBT BENEFITS BEGIN TO ROLL-OUT IN JULY 2021 HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) have announced the roll-out of Summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) benefits this week. Benefits are allocated to children who qualify for ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 25, 2021 DHS PROVIDES FOOD SUPPORT THROUGH KEIKI UNDER 6 PROGRAM HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced information about the Keiki Under 6 Food Support Program. This program provides benefits for children under the age of 6 years old who have received SNAP benefits at any ...
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