Deadlines & Updates

Maui County has adjusted the schedule for disaster-related services during the holidays.

Here are the changes:

  • Weekly Disaster Recovery Community Update Meetings will be closed on December 26-27 and January 2-3.
  • The Right of Entry Collection Center at the Kalana O Maui building lobby will be closed on Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1).
  • The Kāko‘o Maui Relief & Aid Services Center will be closed on Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1).
  • The Disaster Recovery Center at the Lahaina Civic Center will be closed on Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1).
  • The SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center at Kahului Library will be closed on Friday, December 23, Christmas Day (December 25), and New Year’s Day (January 1).
  • The Distribution Site at Old Safeway in Kahului will be closed on December 24-26 and New Year’s Day (January 1).
  • The Westside Distribution Hub at Kahana Gateway will be closed on Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1).
  • The Upcountry Strong Distribution site at Hannibal Tavares Community Center will be closed from December 23-26, with its last day of operation on December 27 from 10 am to 4 pm. After that, the site will close indefinitely.

SBA Grants 45 Day Grace Period to Help
Maui Residents and Businesses Apply for Disaster Loan Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that Hawaii residents and businesses have until Jan. 25, 2024, to submit their SBA federal disaster loan application for property damage caused by the wildfires, including high winds that occurred Aug. 8 – Sept. 30, 2023 in Maui.

During the 45 day grace period, the SBA will accept applications from businesses and residents for property damage disaster loans beyond the FEMA registration Dec. 11 deadline. Additionally, the SBA is not requiring an explanation or any other documentation from survivors during the extended application period.


Wildfire survivors on Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, and Hawai‘i Island can apply for Maui Relief TANF benefits on their islands. Here’s how:

  • Maui County residents affected by the Aug. 8 wildfires who moved to Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, or Hawai‘i Island can apply for the Maui Relief TANF Program through Community Action Programs on those islands.
  • Maui Economic Opportunity, in partnership with the state Department of Human Services, has agreements with Honolulu Community Action Program, Kauai Economic Opportunity, and Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council to assist families in completing applications on those islands.
  • HCAP, KEO, HCEOC, and MEO are part of a national network fighting poverty in communities.

The Maui Relief TANF Program provides assistance for rental and mortgage, utilities, down payment on a new vehicle, loan payment, and gift cards for clothing and school supplies.

Eligibility:

  • Families with dependent children directly or indirectly impacted by the wildfires and earning less than 350% of the poverty level (for a family of four, $120,750 annually) are eligible.
  • U.S. citizenship is not required.

How to apply (off-island):

  • Apply online at www.meoinc.org (click on the Maui Relief TANF program button under “Quick Links”) or at the following locations:
    • Honolulu Community Action Program, 1132 Bishop St., Suite 100, Honolulu, HI 96813; Call (808) 521-4531; Email hcap@hcapweb.org.
    • Kauai Economic Opportunity, 2804 Wehe Road, Lihue, HI 96766; (808) 245-4077; keo@keoinc.org.
    • Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council, 47 Rainbow Drive, Hilo, HI 96720; (808) 731-7009.

Applicants should bring all eligibility documents. The list can be found at www.meoinc.org.

The Maui Relief TANF Program is still accepting applications on Maui. For more information, contact MEO at (808) 243-4404 or email nrst@meoinc.org.


  • Every Tuesday:
    • Disaster Recovery Community Update Meeting, Upcountry
    • County of Maui’s weekly update meeting for Kula residents impacted by the August wildfires. Meeting will cover progress, schedules and frequently asked questions; and will be live-streamed and archived on the County of Maui Facebook page.
    • Starts at 6 pm at Kula Elementary School cafeteria
  • Every Wednesday:
    • Disaster Recovery Community Update Meeting, Lahaina Civic Center
    • County of Maui’s weekly update meeting for Lahaina residents impacted by the August wildfires. Meeting will cover progress, schedules and frequently asked questions; and will be live-streamed and archived on the County of Maui Facebook page.
    • Starts at 5:30 pm at Lahaina Civic Center

FEMA Assistance

SBP’s FEMA Appeals Program helps disaster survivors access more funding to support their immediate and long-term needs. If you applied to FEMA and are wondering if you can appeal your award, the answer is yes. If you were affected by the Hawaii wildfires and were denied or under-awarded, SBP  is here to support Hawaii wildfire survivors with assistance, even with insurance. Don’t give up. SBP offers FREE FEMA application and appeal help.⁠

SBPUSA is a non-profit organization offering help to FEMA applicants who were denied or under served in their initial FEMA application requesting assistance. ⁠

For those impacted by a natural disaster, SBP provides one-on-one support applying for and appealing to FEMA. For survivors navigating the post-disaster recovery process, they also offer preparedness and digital recovery resources such as tips for avoiding contractor fraud, how to navigate the insurance claim process, and much much more.⁠

If you need FEMA appeals assistance, contact SBP DAP representative, Kevin K. Ke’a at kkea@sbpusa.org or call 808-954-9623.

The deadline to apply for @FEMA disaster assistance as well as ⁠@SBAgov’s disaster loan has been extended to Dec. 9, 2023.


How to Write An Appeal

Maui residents: Did you receive a letter from ⁠@FEMA saying you’re ineligible for assistance?⁠

Please read it carefully, as FEMA may just need more information.⁠

If you disagree with FEMA’s decision about your application, you have the right to appeal.⁠

For more info: www.fema.gov/fact-sheet/how-appeal-femas-decision-10⁠

The deadline to apply for @FEMA disaster assistance as well as ⁠@SBAgov’s disaster loan has been extended to Dec. 9, 2023.

For more information on eligibility and ways to apply, visit: https://go.dhs.gov/oDj


  • Monday May 6th, 2024
    • Federal Housing Administration current foreclosure protections for borrowers in Maui County to assist those impacted by the August wildfires ends today
    • Learn More
  • Monday May 6th, 2024
    • Foreclosure Protection extended
    • Borrowers in Maui County with FHA-insured mortgages impacted by the Maui wildfires should contact their mortgage or loan servicer immediately for assistance.
    • Learn More
  • Friday May 10th, 2024
    • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Applications due
    • Learn More

Latest Housing Matching Resources:

Latest Housing Financial Assistance Resources: 

CNHA’s Kāko‘o Maui Relief & Aid Services Center

Open Daily from 10AM to 6PM

70 E Kaahumanu Ave Suite A, Kahului, HI 96732, USA

(808) 204-2722

kakoomaui@hawaiiancouncil.org

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers

Open Daily from 8AM to 7PM

Lahaina Civic Center

University of Maui College in Building 205


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