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

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A COVID-19 specimen sample is handed to registered nurse Victoria Wagner during the first day of COVID-19 testing put on by the city on Aug. 26 in Kaneohe. Federal money supported free COVID-19 testing, available through Nov. 30.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A COVID-19 specimen sample is handed to registered nurse Victoria Wagner during the first day of COVID-19 testing put on by the city on Aug. 26 in Kaneohe. Federal money supported free COVID-19 testing, available through Nov. 30.

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.

Of the $151 million designated for the Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund, $143 million has been awarded. Approximately 60% of the recipients have been service-based businesses and the rest retailers, the release said.

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