Last updated 07/03/17

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).


Community Services Block Grant Program Years 2018 and 2019 Draft State Plan

The Hawaii Office of Community Services (OCS), Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, solicits public comment on the new proposed State Plan for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for Federal Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 (FFY 18 and 19).  The CSBG program provides services to low-income and impoverished populations across the State.  The plan outlines how OCS will meet the U.S. DHHS requirements for the CSBG program in FFY 18 and 19.  CSBG services and activities are delivered statewide by designated Community Action Agencies located in each county. Click here for a copy of the proposed State Plan. 

A combined-purpose Legislative and Public Hearing on the CSBG State Plan is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., at Conference Room 309 at the State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.  The hearing is being jointly convened by the Senate Committee on Labor and the House Committee on Labor and Public Employment.  Persons with special needs, including oral language services, should call OCS at (808) 586-8675 by Monday, July 24, 2017, to make arrangements.

The public is welcome to attend and provide comment at the hearing.  Written comments may be submitted to OCS (email: dlir.ocs@hawaii.gov, mail: Office of Community Services, 830 Punchbowl Street, Room 420, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813; fax: (808) 586-8685) for consideration at the hearing by Monday, July 24, 2017.  Alternately, testimony can be submitted directly to the Legislature at: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/


Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) Program Year (PY) 17 Draft State Plan

The State Office of Community Services is eligible for $206,123 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Energy for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).  This statewide program enables low-income households to reduce their energy costs by providing them energy conservation education and whole house weatherization services based upon a federally-approved energy audit process.

A public hearing on the WAP PY17 State Plan is scheduled for Friday, July 14, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Office of Community Services, 830 Punchbowl Street, Room 420, Ke’elikolani Building, Honolulu, HI 96813.  The proposed WAP State Plan is available here.  Persons with special needs, including oral language services, should call OCS at (808) 586-8675 by Friday, July 7, 2017, to make arrangements.

The public is welcome to attend and provide comment at the hearing.  Written comments may be submitted to OCS (email: dlir.ocs@hawaii.gov, mail: Office of Community Services, 830 Punchbowl Street, Room 420, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, fax: (808) 586-8685) by Thursday, July 13, 2017, for consideration at the hearing.  Information received will be considered prior to final submittal of the WAP State Plan to the U.S. Department of Energy.


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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