KEY Project’s COVID-19 Response

Due to COVID-19, the use of our facilities and programs at KEY Project are temporarily closed. However, KEY Project continues to be a vital community resource center that provides critical support for our most vulnerable populations. During these uncertain times we continue to offer stability and support to our community with distribution of prepared meals and food supplies, as well as serve as a community resilience hub collecting donated PPE from the community, to distribute to our social service organizations who work with homeless, domestic violence, and mental and behavioral health populations.

Since KEY Project opened to serve members of the Ko’olaupoko community, KEY has established meaningful relationships with partner organizations, philanthropic funders, governmental agencies and others to extend our reach to create opportunities and support for our community – keiki to kūpuna. We are grateful to our network partners KEY continues to work with to enable us to continue to serve you during this time.

While we continue to serve the community in this capacity, we are reminded of our history and progress in reinvigorating our network and influence to support food cultivation and security for Koʻolaupoko and beyond. We are united in the notion that “we are better together” and that we will overcome these trying times.

Below is information about specific resources you can access at KEY Project.

Rental & Utility Relief Program

The Rental & Utility Relief Program is a major part of the City and County of Honolulu’s plan to help struggling people get back on their feet.

People can apply starting April 5 at noon. It will help qualified households on Oahu with $2,000 a month for their rent and $500 a month for their household utility bills: electricity, sewer and water, and gas. It will pay for up to 12 months of bills.

Funded with $114 million in federal COVID relief money, the program follows federal regulations about what to pay for, who qualifies for financial help, and how to prioritize people who qualify.

HERE ARE THE STEPS:

  • GO TO: www.oneoahu.org/renthelp
  • You will need to complete a short pre-screening questionnaire.
  • If you are eligible, you will be directed to apply for the assistance online with Catholic Charities OR Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA).
  • It is our understanding that you should provide as much supporting documents as possible then you can follow up with the remaining items at a later time.
  • Although we highly recommend you apply this round, DO NOT WORRY if you do not make the cut-off point, the portal will re-open again and we will keep you in the loop if you provide us with your contact information.

For more information:

If you assistance with the online process you can fill out an intake form: http://castlefoundation.org/request-assistance/ 

Or Contact our office at 239-5777 or email us at actionteam@keyproject.org.

Network Partner: H.K. Castle Foundation.

Food Supply Drive-Thru at KEY Project

Network Partners: Hawaii Foodbank

KEY Project staff and selected volunteers will distribute bags of pre-sorted food supplies on the first Tuesday of the month at 1pm until supplies run out. The type of food supplies are not pre-determined and is dependent on availability of items. The offerings range from fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen proteins, dairy, canned goods, non-perishable goods, and baked goods.

Current dates scheduled for 2021  Tuesday, April 6th  Tuesday, May 4th  Tuesday, June 1st  Tuesday, July 6th  Tuesday August 3rd  Tuesday September 7th  Tuesday, October 5th  Tuesday, November 2nd  Tuesday, December 7th

Please be prepared:

  • Food Bank reporting requirements: You will need to verbally share with us the following (1) First and Last Name (2) City you reside (3) # of adults and children in your household (4) Employed? (5) Receive government assistance?
  • Enter mauka driveway and exit makai driveway
  • Drive-thru Food Bank line will start on the Kualoa side of Waiheʻe Road until service begins.
  • We are offering walk-up service for those who do not have a vehicle on the mauka side of the KEY Project pavilion.
  • Food will be divided and sorted for an efficient grab-and-go process.

For your safety:

  • Do not show up if you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Please remain in your vehicle at all times.
  • Social distance protocols will be strictly enforced.
  • We suggest you wear a mask and have a space in your car designated for the food supplies.