OCS Programs

Last Updated 08/17/17

The Office of Community Services (OCS) manages a wide array of programs to improve the economic self-sufficiency of Hawaii’s low income populations, immigrants, migrants, and refugees:

Grants-in-Aid (GIAs): Under Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), Chapter 42F, the Hawaii Legislature appropriates grants for public benefit. OCS is one of the agencies that is often designated to administer these grants.

Community Services Block Grants (CSBG): The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of of the Administration for Children & Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS), administers the CSBG program to alleveiate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities.

OEA Grant for Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA): The US Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) awarded the State of Hawaii a grant to study Hawaii’s military supply chain to ensure that we are able to adapt to the changing needs of our military.

Employment Core Services

Federal Food Assistance Programs:  In partnership with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), OCS administers three (3) programs to provide food to low-income populations, including seniors.

Legal Services Programs

Refugee and Entrant Assistance Program

Assistance for Human Trafficking Victims

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)