Honolulu expects to spend all $387.1M in CARES Act funds

Honolulu expects to spend all $387.1M in CARES Act funds

Honolulu has already spent $214.1 million, or 55%, of its $387.1 million in federal CARES Act funding and expects to use the entire amount before it expires at the end of the year, according to a news release from Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

To date, $332.8 million, or 86%, has been committed to support Oahu’s recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are on track in spending the CARES money allocated to Honolulu to make sure that people get help over the holidays. Money is being expended according to our recovery plan: Creating a COVID-safe economy, helping people and businesses get back on their feet, and developing new opportunities for a post-COVID-19 economy,” Caldwell said in the release.

Spending has included $4.5 million for community health centers and patients, in addition to $10 million for contact tracing and other services at the health centers and $6 million in child care and education support for school-age children.

The money allowed the city to partner with AARP-Hawaii to deliver 47,000 meals to 11,600 people, support health and wellness checks for 16,625 seniors, and counseling to nearly 2,000 kupuna, the release said. The federal money also supported free COVID-19 testing, available through Nov. 30.

Under the Household Hardship Relief Fund, $15 million of the $25 million available in grants has been distributed or committed to support more than 2,300 qualified households, who can receive up to $2,500 per month for housing, child care, medical costs and other emergency expenses, according to the release.…

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