Our office has been diligently working on providing commentary on various legal issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. All community providers and partners are encouraged to refer to these materials when dealing with patient/client needs. Our office remains available to answer any questions or provide clarification on these updates as the situation develops.
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MLP Alert #12
City and County of Honolulu Hardship Relief Rund
Are you having trouble paying for rent, utilities (electric/gas), your mortgage, licensed elder care, or licensed child care? Is this hardship a direct result of a business closure, employment loss or decrease in income, and/or increase in expenses directly related to COVID-19? You may be eligible for the Household Hardship Relief Fund that awards households affected by COVID-19 up to $2000 a month for up to 6 months. Read the informational packet to see if you qualify and then apply at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSCtF6x5AdRi1IQWJeI8nDSR2LcoSuyWzTifazVTL0M8keEw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1
Please note that there is a typo on the second page of this packet that wrongly states the liquid asset requirement as $10,000 when it should be $15,000. For this fund, your liquid asset amount can be no greater than $15,000.
MLP Alert #11
Having Trouble Signing Into Unemployment?
This alert, in the shape of a bookmark, explains how you can get access to your account again.
MLP Alert #10
What to Do If You are the Victim of Pandemic Unemployment Fraud (with Template)
Have you received a letter regarding a claim for PUA and you did NOT apply for benefits? This Alert explains what steps you can take and includes a template.
MLP Alert #9
How Long Do I Have to Wait to Get My Immigrant Visa?
I've Applied for a Green Card. Now I Need to Wait Until a Visa is Available.
MLP Alert #8
How to Check the Status of an Immigration Application
And What to Do if It Is Taking Too Long
MLP Alert #7
Updated State Eviction Moratorium Timeline (updated 08.24.2020)
Attached please find our updated MLP Alert regarding the current State eviction moratorium timelines. Aside from this moratorium from immediate evictions, clients are still encouraged to report any household income changes to their appropriate public housing agency/landlord if they reside in an income based property (See MLP Alert #1, Notice of Changed Financial Circumstances & Request for Rent Adjustment Form).
MLP Alert #6
Economic Impact Payments (04.21.20)
Please find attached our new MLP FAQ for the so-called "stimulus payments" to individuals. Payments of up to $1,200 to individuals have already started being deposited into bank accounts for people who filed their 2018 and 2019 taxes using direct deposit, and for people who receive Social Security benefits. Other payments will start to come by mail a little later.
People can check their claims at the IRS website here:
Please remind your patients and clients to avoid scams!! The IRS and Social Security office will NEVER call, text, or email you, so people should hang up if they get calls or texts asking for their bank account or other personal info. (More info in the FAQ!)
MLP Alert #5
Unemployment Benefits (04.16.20)
Please find attached our new MLP Alert for Unemployment Insurance benefits, specifically focusing on access for COFA migrants. We hope the short infographic and the longer FAQ will help advocates and clients to access Unemployment benefits caused by the COVID-19 restrictions.
There are two ways to access Unemployment applications, and MLP recommends that applicants with COFA status start here:
All others (U.S. citizens and non-citizens with Alien Reg. Numbers) can start here:
MLP Alert #4
SNAP/Pub. Benefits & COVID-19 (04.13.20)
Attached please find materials related to COVID-19 Public Benefits & SNAP Issues. These materials include step-by-step walk throughs of the application and update process along with a comprehensive FAQs section detailing specific questions surrounding these circumstances.
MLP Alert #3
Postponement on Evictions Due to COVID-19 (3.30.20)
Attached please find our most recent newsletter regarding the suspension and postponement of eviction actions in the State of Hawaii due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information is current as of 03.26.2020. (PLEASE NOTE THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN UPDATED VIA MLP ALERT #7)
MLP Alert #2
Public Charge & COVID-19 (3.23.20)
The government announced they will NOT consider testing, treatment, or preventative care (including future vaccines) related to COVID-19 as part of the "Public Charge Rule," even if it is paid for by "public benefits," like Medicaid. If you know individuals who are worried, please know that they can seek COVID-19-related services without any fear for their immigration status.
MLP Alert #1
Notice of Changed Financial Circumstances & Request for Immediate Rent Adjustment Form (3.25.20)
Attached please find a template notice of changed circumstances for rent adjustments related to COVID-19 income changes for tenants who reside in public housing units. Please distribute them to your clients if they are experiencing this situation and have them complete it to the best of their ability. We encourage the tenant to keep one copy of the completed form and submit one copy to their landlord by a reliable means of delivery (fax, certified mail, etc.) The main purpose of this form is to provide notice to landlords that a household is experiencing income changes in order to adjust rent in a timely manner.
These resources are not to be construed as legal advice, but rather are intended for educational and outreach purposes. The Medical-Legal Partnership for Children In Hawaii does not intend to create an attorney client relationship by creating and/or providing these resources to the public. Please seek an independent attorney if you have specific legal questions.