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Schatz Releases New COVID-19 Relief Guide To Help Hawai‘i Families, Workers, Small Businesses Access Federal Resources, Programs

At Least $6.1 Billion Coming To Hawai‘i, New Program For Restaurants, Expanded Child Tax Credit; Resource Guide Including Details On Unemployment Benefits, Rent Relief, Direct Payments, And More Available At Schatz.Senate.Gov/Coronavirus



WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released a new comprehensive guide to help Hawai‘i families, workers, and small businesses navigate federal COVID-19 relief resources and programs authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act. The resource guide also provides important information on how to access new programs, such as the expanded Child Tax Credit and a grant program for restaurants and similar establishments, including food trucks, caterers, and bars.

“At least $6.1 billion from the new COVID package is headed to Hawai‘i, and our new resource guide will help families, workers, and small businesses access this new relief. If you’ve lost your job, can’t make rent, or need help keeping your businesses afloat, I encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the latest federal resources and programs,” said Senator Schatz. “As more federal assistance becomes available, we’ll keep updating the guide so that you have more information about the relief available to you.”

The guide includes details on eligibility, coverage, and directions on how to access dozens of new and existing federal relief programs ­— including unemployment benefits, direct cash payments, rent and mortgage assistance, tax relief, small business grants and loans, emergency paid sick leave, and more. The guide also includes specific guidance to help seniors, veterans, college students, farmers and fishers, educational institutions, and local governments access federal relief.

The American Rescue Plan Act was passed by the Senate on March 6 and was signed into law by the president yesterday. For a full breakdown of the $6.1 billion in estimated funding for Hawai‘i, click here.

Schatz’s comprehensive COVID-19 federal resource guide will continuously be updated to reflect the most recent information and to help answer frequently asked questions. The full guide, including links to pages about the individual programs, can be found below and is available at



On March 11, the president signed the American Rescue Plan, a new COVID-19 relief package that will provide at least $6 billion in new federal funding to help Hawai‘i families and local businesses during the pandemic.