Nonprofit to offer rent subsidies to Big Island lava evacuees

The recent volcanic activity on the Big Island has forced many residents out of their homes, creating a need for housing help. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) –

Eruptions in lower Puna have displaced more than 1,700 residents on the Big Island for more than two weeks.

And there’s no telling when it will be safe for people to return.

In an effort to help displaced residents, Catholic Charities Hawaii has created a rent subsidy program to provide temporary housing for evacuees, along with those displaced by historic floods on Kauai.

Catholic Charities Hawaii has secured a $10,000 seed grant to help cover rent subsidies to evacuees.

A similar $10,000 grant was secured for Kauai flood victims.

The nonprofit is asking for donations to offer more subsidies to displaced residents. If you’d like to help, click here.

“We understand that certain agencies and first responders are there on both islands to ensure the health and safety of those being affected,” said Terry Walsh, CEO and President of Catholic Charities Hawaii, in a news release. “CCH’s role is to assist those affected through recovery efforts during these disasters.”

Those affected by the recent spate of volcanic and seismic activity on the Big Island can apply for subsidies by calling (808) 935-4673.

This story may be updated.

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