Resources for Hawai'i During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Brian Schatz’s website: https://www.schatz.senate.gov/coronavirus
We’re working hard to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (click here) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (click here). As a result of this legislation, the federal government is now offering several resources to support our families and our local businesses during this public health emergency.
- DIRECT CASH PAYMENTS: most people will receive a one-time cash payment from the federal government. Click here to learn more.
- INDIVIDUAL HEALTH RESOURCES: everyone, including those who are uninsured, should be eligible for cost-free COVID-19 testing (when ordered by a health provider), as well as other health protections and benefits. Click here to learn more.
- TAX RELIEF: you may qualify for new tax benefits that are available to help cover financial needs during the public health emergency. Click here to learn more.
- EMERGENCY PAID LEAVE: you could now be eligible for emergency paid leave so that you can stay at home and still earn your paycheck. Click here to learn more.
- UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE: you could be eligible for expanded unemployment benefits if you were laid off or are unable to work due to the pandemic. Click here to learn more.
- VETERANS: you could be eligible for new benefits. Click here to learn more.
- SMALL BUSINESSES: you could be eligible for new relief to help cover payroll and operating expenses. Click here to learn more.
- HOMEOWNERS OR RENTERS: you could be eligible for federal assistance. Click here to learn more.
- LABOR UNIONS: if you're a member of a labor union, you could be eligible for new protections. Click here to learn more.
- FEDERAL WORKERS AND CONTRACTORS: you could be eligible for new benefits, including paid emergency sick leave and family and medical leave. Click here to learn more.
- COLLEGE STUDENTS: you may be eligible for new student loan relief or financial assistance through your college or university. Click here to learn more.
- AGRICULTURE, AQUACULTURE, AND FISHERIES: if you're a farmer or rancher or work in the agricultural industry, the aquaculture industry, or the fishing industry, you may be eligible for new benefits. Click here to view resources for agricultural workers, and click here to view resources for aquaculture and fishery workers.
- HEALTH AND NUTRITION PROGRAMS: you could be eligible for several health and food assistance programs. Click here to learn more.
For information on federal resources for governments, health care providers, educators, and non-profit organizations, click here.