06/19/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

June 19, 2020
Aloha from the office of U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard!
As you may have heard, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving on active duty orders with the Hawai‘i Army National Guard this week to fulfill her annual duty requirement. 
While she is on military orders, we will continue sending you these Coronavirus-related updates on her behalf. We are continuing to work on behalf of residents across Hawaiʻi through individual constituent casework and coordination with authorities, as well as working in Washington, D.C. to bring resources and support to the people of Hawai‘i.
So if you are in need of assistance, please call us at (808) 541-1986 or email TulsiOffice@mail.house.gov.
-Office of U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)

Remember: IRS Filing Deadline on July 15

As the COVID-19 coronavirus public health crisis impacted the U.S., the Internal Revenue Service extended the traditional April 15, 2020 deadline to July 15, 2020. You can visit the IRS website to learn more about how to file and get the forms you need.
Also, the IRS continues to update its frequently asked questions and answers regarding the Economic Impact Payment (EIP) made possible by the CARES Act in response to the pandemic. Check out the FAQ webpage for the latest information.

USDA Housing Help Extended Through August 31

Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced that the USDA extended the foreclosure and eviction moratorium for all Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) loans through Aug. 31, 2020. The moratorium applies to initiation of foreclosures or completion of foreclosures in process, excluding vacant and abandoned properties, as well as evictions of persons from properties secured by USDA guaranteed loans. To learn more about the USDA Rural Development programs and response to COVID-19, visit its website.

HUD Awards HOPWA Funds for Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced more than $35.8 million to assist more than 2,856 low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families over a three-year period. The funding announced today is offered through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD's support of 31 local programs. These grants provide a combination of housing assistance and supportive services for this vulnerable population. As part of the overall awarded funds, the Maui A.I.D.S. Foundation will be receiving $1,444,074.

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News & Resources

For a listing of federal and state resources on the Congresswoman’s website, which includes several of the ones listed below, please visit gabbard.house.gov/COVID-19.
Testing in Hawai‘i — Since yesterday, there were a total of 27 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there are 789 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 789 cases, 17 have died, 96 required hospitalization and 642 have been released from isolation. There have been 77,620 diagnostic tests conducted as of today.
Drive-Thru Testing Next Week in Maui — Minit Medical will be providing drive-through testing next week in 3 locations. Both diagnostic and antibody testing will be available. Maui County notes that more details will be available next week.
Wed., Jun. 24, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lahaina Aquatic Center
Thu., Jun. 25, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the South Maui Community Park
Fri., Jun. 26, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Keopuolani Park
Mental Health Resources — The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has placed a lot of stress on our society, both individually and as a community. These stresses range from physical health dangers and complications to the economic strain that many face due to stay-at-home measures that have impacted businesses and workers. These may also have significant mental health impacts on you or someone you know. The best thing to do is to be aware of what the warning signs are and what resources are available to help.
Hawai‘i Food Pantries and Assistance Programs — Visit these sites for more information about local and statewide food pantries as well as food assistance programs:
Testing, Safely Reopening, Supporting Recovery — As the state increasingly moves forward with its reopening efforts, the state as well as local communities are organizing resources to help people learn more about what’s available in their community. In addition to listing the State and County COVID-19 news and resource websites, here are some new or updated websites that focus on recovery efforts.
State of Hawai‘i
COVID-19 Updates (https://hawaiicovid19.com/)
Unemployment Insurance (https://huiclaims.hawaii.gov/)
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (http://pua.hawaii.gov/)
NEW: Economic & Community Recovery Navigator (https://recoverynavigator.hawaii.gov/)
County of Kaua‘i
NEW: Kūpa‘a Kaua‘i Website (https://kauaiforward.com/)
City and County of Honolulu
One O‘ahu Website (https://www.oneoahu.org/) *news & recovery info
County of Maui
COVID-19 Updates (https://www.covid19mauinui.com/) * news & recovery info
County of Hawai‘i
COVID-19 Updates (website) * news & recovery info
Testing Dates/Sites (located on its FAQ webpage)
This message was sent by the Office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard in compliance with guidance provided by the Committee on House Administration and the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard. The use of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Hawai‘i Army National Guard or the Department of Defense.

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