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For the third year in a row, the City is offering a major benefits package for Leeward Oahu community projects to help offset the impact of the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill.


The Department of Community Services will provide a total of $1 million to community-based nonprofit groups that address needs or concerns in Makakilo, Kalaeloa, Kapolei, Honokai Hale/Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae, Makaha and Keaau.


Funding applications will be available on June 16. Another $1 million has been designated for park improvement projects in the area. Mayor Mufi Hannemann initiated the community benefits program in 2006. The City provided funding for 21 projects that year and 25 projects in 2007.


We are very pleased to continue this important program for Leeward communities and residents, Mayor Hannemann said.


Community service providers estimate that they have already assisted approximately 1,000 families and 3,000 individuals through projects funded through the Leeward Coast Community Benefits program. These projects included the provision of housing, food, mental health and other essential services to some of the Leeward Coasts neediest residents, including children, single parents, families experiencing homelessness, victims of domestic violence, at-risk youth, recovering substance abusers, and displaced veterans, among others.


I am pleased with the results thus far and hope that these service providers will continue to participate in the Leeward Coast Community Benefits program, and I hope others will also consider applying for funding for other services these communities may need, Mayor Hannemann said.


Applications will be available beginning June 16 at:


        Community Assistance Division Department of Community Services, 2nd Floor, Kapolei Hale, 1000 Uluohia Street, #204, and;

        Oahu Work Links Program, Waianae Community Center, 85-670 Farrington Highway, Room #6;

        online at


The deadline for submitting an application is 4 p.m., August 1, 2008 at either of the sites listed above. Further information on the 2008-2009 Leeward Coast Community Benefits program is available through the Citys Department of Community Services at 832-7960 ext. 29.

Monday, June 09, 2008

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