Department of Human Services of Honolulu, HI

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Department of Human Services

The Department is responsible for administering numerous services throughout Hawaii, including Families First, the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, Food Stamps (now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP), and Child Care Assistance.  See more detail below.


Address:  333 North King Street, Room 200, Honolulu, HI 96817

Phone:  (808) 586-8047

Hours:  M-F 7:45 AM-4:00 PM


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)


The SNAP program provides crucial food and nutritional support to qualifying low-income and needy households, and those making the transition from welfare to self-sufficiency.


Household Size 200% Monthly Gross Income (BBCE) 130% Monthly Gross Income 100% Net Monthly Income
1 $2,310 $1,502 $1,155
2 $3,112 $2,023 $1,556
3 $3,914 $2,544 $1,957
4 $4,716 $3,065 $2,358
5 $5,518 $3,586 $2,759
6 $6,320 $4,107 $3,160
7 $7,120 $4,628 $3,560
8 $7,922 $5,150 $3,961
Add on for each additional member +$802 +$522 +$401


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Apply at the Department of Human Services Office or call the Public Assistance Information Line at 1-855-643-1643.

Help families achieve financial self-sufficiency.  Provides monthly cash benefits to families for food, clothing, shelter, and other essentials. To qualify for this assistance, a family must include children under the age of 19 and earn a total gross income under 185% of the 2006 Federal Poverty Level (FPL). For a household of three persons, this means the monthly gross income must be less than $2,941 and the net income must be under $610, if the household includes an employable adult. For households where all adults are disabled, care is required for a disabled household member, or there is a child younger than six months of age, the net income must be under $763 per month.

In addition, case management is offered to work eligible individuals to get job readiness training through the First-to-Work Program.


Child Care Connection Hawaii


The Child Care Connection Hawaii (CCCH) – subsidy program helps low-income families to sustain their employment, educational efforts and job training by paying a subsidy for their children who are in the care of DHS-approved child care providers.  Unless child care is required for protective purposes, families must meet income and activity requirements to qualify for this subsidy program.

The Preschool Open Doors (POD) – program is a separate subsidy program with limited funds that provides services state-wide to families sending their children to a licensed preschool during the school year prior to kindergarten entry.  The goal of POD is to promote school readiness for children, and the program focuses on meeting the needs of the child.  Parents are not required to have an eligible activity, unlike the CCCH Subsidy program, but they must meet income and other eligibility requirements.


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