Last updated 05/25/17

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).


Response to the Request for Information for Employment Services for Low-Income Persons (ES/LIP) and Employment Services for Legal Permanent (ES/LPR)

On April 26, 2017, the Office of Community Services (OCS) conducted an informational meeting regarding RFI No. OCS-LBR903-03_17-RDI_2, seeking additional information to improve the approach for Employment Services for Low Income People (ES/LIP) and Employment Services for Legal Permanent Residences (ES/LPR) to best utilize the funding available to meet the needs of the target community, maximize the desired outcomes, and improve coordination with other related programs.  The summary of the questions and answered are provided here.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) dates are yet to be determined.


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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