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Hawaii Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF)
Hawaii Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF)

Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF)

Details

Grants up to $30,000 are available to assist homeowners on Hawai‘i Island and Kaua‘i who are in financial hardship to reduce monthly payments or pay past due mortgages to prevent foreclosure.

Funding is limited to homeowners who reside on Hawai‘i Island and Kaua‘i who have loans with participating mortgage servicers ONLY. If your mortgage servicer is not listed below, you are ineligible to receive funds at this time.

Learn how your financer can participate here.

Documents
checklist

Prevent Foreclosure in Hawaii with Emergency grants and loans
  • 30 days of most recent bank account statements, credit card statements, and utility bills for ALL accounts
  • 30 days most recent asset statements for ALL accounts (i.e. retirement, pension, etc)
  • Public benefits statements (i.e. SSI/SSDI, SNAP, TANF, General Assistance)
  • 2 years most recent Federal Tax returns
  • Copy of rental lease or mortgage statement
  • Copy of eviction notice, notice of default, or notice of sale (if facing eviction or foreclosure)
  • Birth Certificate (if Native Hawaiian)

How to apply

Emergency Loans

Enroll online by following the link:

Returning applicant? Follow the link to log into your portal:

Enroll by phone:
• Hawai‘i Island: (808) 934‐0801
• Kaua‘i : (808) 784‐3841

In‐person at the Hawai‘i Island or Kaua‘i Financial Opportunity Center (appointment required)
• 1315 Kalanianaole Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
• 2600 Kaumuali‘i Highway, Suite E-12, Lihue, HI 96766

Frequently asked questions

The Homeowner Assistance Fund provides grants up to $30,000 to help homeowners who have experienced financial hardship due to COVID reduce monthly mortgage payments and also pay past-due mortgages, past-due property taxes and past-due HOA fees.

All applicants will be referred to free housing counseling to assist homeowners create action plans to sustain homeownership.

The goal of the Homeowner Assistance Fund is to help our local people prevent foreclosure.

You must meet the property and borrower requirements and your mortgage servicer must be participating in the Homeowner Assistance Fund.

Find specific eligibility requirements and a list of participating mortgage servicers at www.hawaiicommunitylending.com/grants-loans.

Once you submit your intake to a Financial Opportunity Center, you will be asked to complete a pre- screening Homeowner Questionnaire.

The Questionnaire will inform you if you qualify for the Homeowner Assistance Fund.
It will also tell you and Hawaiian Community Assets the best next step and resources to address your situation.

To apply – call 808.587.7656, email HAF [at] hawaiianCommunity.net or visit www.hawaiicommunitylending.com/grants-loans/

Copies of financial documents will be required.

Send a Participating Servicer Request Letter to your servicer that encourages them to sign up to participate.

All it takes is 4 easy steps to make you eligible for the Homeowner Assistance Fund. The more homeowners who submit letters to their servicer, the more likely they will be to participate.

No, you do not have to be past due on your mortgage to be eligible for the program.  Once you complete the application to enroll in a Hawaiian Community Assets Financial Opportunity Center, you will receive a Homeowner Questionnaire that will guide you on the best next step to resolve your mortgage issues.

• Live in your home on Hawai‘i Island or Kaua‘i.
• Own no other real property.
• Have a first mortgage that was originated before January 21, 2020.
• Have experienced financial hardship (i.e. a 10% decrease in annual income or 10%
increase in household expenses since March 2020).
• Have less than $25,000 in assets (i.e. retirement, savings, pension) or less than five times your monthly mortgage payment..
• Meet the maximum annual household income requirements:
Hawaii Lending - Homeowners Assistance Fund

• Have a mortgage with one of the qualifying mortgage servicers listed below,
reverse mortgages allowed (not required for past-due property taxes and past-due
HOA fees).

Funding is limited to homeowners who reside on Hawai‘i Island and Kaua‘i who have loans with participating mortgage servicers ONLY. If your mortgage servicer is not listed below, you are ineligible to receive funds at this time.

Participating mortgage servicers list:
• American Savings Bank
• Arvest Central Mortgage Company
• Big Island FCU
• BSI Financial Services
• Caliber Home Loans
• Capital Mortgage Servicers of Texas
• Carrington Mortgage
• CENLAR
• Central Pacific Bank
• Chase
• Click n’ Close
• Community Loan Servicing
• Dovenmuehle
• First Hawaiian Bank
• Flagstar
• Freedom Mortgage
• Gather Federal Credit Union
• Gregory Funding
• Habitat for Humanity Hawai‘i Island
• HFS Federal Credit Union
• HomeStreet Bank
• Interfirst Mortgage Company
• Kaua‘i Federal Credit Union
• Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity
• Lakeview Loan Servicing
• Loan Care
• Loan Depot
• M&T Bank
• Mr. Cooper/Right Path Servicing
• PennyMac
• PHH Mortgage Corporation
• PNC Bank
• Planet Home Lending
• Rocket Mortgage
• Roundpoint
• Rushmore
• Select Portfolio Servicing (SPS)
• Selene Finance LLP
• ServiceMac
• Shellpoint
• SLS
• The Money Source
• Truist
• US Bank
• Valon Mortgage
• Wells Fargo

If your mortgage servicer is not participating in the program, consider downloading and sending this Participating Servicer Request Letter to your mortgage servicer to ask them to help you become eligible for Homeowner Assistance Fund grants

Become a participating servicer

Find out how your company can become a servicer. View our Servicer Welcome Packet and our Mortgage Servicer Information Session video for more information.

Or For more information, review our Frequently Asked Questions or download a printable PDF.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, call TTY: (877) 477-5990 as soon as possible. Requests made as early as possible will allow adequate time to fulfill your request. Upon request, this notice is available in alternate formats such as large print, Braille, or electronic copy.

County of Hawai‘i
County of Kaua‘i
Kauai County Housing Agency
Kupaa Kauai
State of Hawai‘i

Hawai’i Community Lending
200 N Vineyard Boulevard, Suite B140
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 587-7656

Hawaii Community Lending Financial Assistance for Native Hawaiians Grants Emergency loans Hawai‘i homeownership and rent assistance financial help
Serving Hawaii 20 Years, Since 2002
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