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Financial Assistance Offered for Those Affected by Kīlauea

July 18, 2018, 3:54 PM HST
* Updated July 19, 12:45 PM
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Tzu Chi USA, in cooperation with County of Hawai‘i and American Red Cross, will hold its third and final financial aid distribution to Hawai‘i County residents affected by the Kīlauea volcanic eruption on Hawai‘i’s Big Island.

Hawai‘i Fire Department picture of the East Rift Zone taken on July 16, 208. PC Hawai‘i Civil Defense.

Eruption-affected residents should come on Sunday, July 22, 2018, to Kea‘au High School Building G, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., to receive cash assistance and emotional support.

Residents who live in the mandatory evacuation areas or whose homes have been fully or partially destroyed due to the lava eruption are eligible to receive aid.

To qualify for this cash assistance from Tzu Chi USA, you need to first visit the Disaster Recovery Center at the Kea‘au High School Gym and pre-register with the American Red Cross during their regular hours, Monday through Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition, residents with proven medical disability or children under six years of age who have evacuated from voluntary evacuation areas due to poor air quality may be eligible for aid if they can show that they have been denied assistance from FEMA or Red Cross, and can show proof of financial hardship.

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Tzu Chi USA strives to provide compassion and relief wherever we can. They place no restrictions on how a family or individual may use financial aid as their goal is to empower disaster survivors with the choice of how to best rebuild and recover.

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For further information, call Stephanie Fan at (808) 282-5888.

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