Last updated 08/25/17

Office of Community Services (OCS) assists Hawaii’s low-income, immigrant and refugee populations to overcome and alleviate workforce barriers to economic self-sufficiency through an array of community-based programs and services. OCS primarily contracts and administers program services on behalf of the State and Federal governments. OCS allocates funds using a competitive purchase of services process unless the funding source authority directs award to a specific organization(s).


Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

This year, we attempted to expand SFMNP to all major islands in the state of Hawaii. The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) has been operating on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii to provide services between June and September each year for several years.  Unfortunately, we were unable to implement SFMNP on the islands of Maui and Kauai this year because we were unable to secure vendor partners to manage the program for these islands.

In 2018, we will continue to work towards providing SFMNP services statewide. Should we be able to secure vendor partners for next year, individuals who submitted applications for service on Maui and Kauai will be mailed SFMNP application forms and information at that time.


Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) Expansion Granted

In February 2017, we were notified that our request to increase the caseload assigned to Hawaii for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) was approved, subject to availability of Federal funds.


Grants-in-Aid (GIAs) included in the 2017 Budget

The Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (Act 124, Session Laws of Hawaii 2016) designated DLIR/OCS (LBR 903) as the Expending Agency for fifteen (15) Capital Improvement Project and ten (10) Operating GIAs, valued at more than $29 million. For more information about GIAs, click here.


Information on Hawaii Handbook for Immigrants is available: Click here

The Immigrant Resource Centers are now open and can help you with information on services and resources for immigrants and migrants.

 Hilo at Catholic Charities
Kalihi at KPT Family Center
Ewa Beach at Child and Family Service
Kapaa, Kauai at Child and Family Service

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