Employment Services

Last updated 11/19/2019

The Office of Community Services (OCS) currently administers the Employment Services Program for Low-Income Persons (ES-LIP) and Legal Permanent Residents (ES-LPR), which are funded by the State of Hawaii.  The objective of these programs is to enable participants to successfully obtain or increase and maintain employment for a minimum of 30 days.

ES-LIP:  The Employment Services for Low-Income Persons program serves low-income individuals in Hawaii at a household income of 185 percent of or below of the most current United States Federal Poverty Guidelines for Hawaii.  This service population may include legal permanent residents who do not need additional assistance provided through the ES/LPR program.

ES-LPR:  The Employment Services for Legal Permanent Residents program serves legally permanent residents, which are lawfully present immigrants residing in Hawaii for less than five years, Compact of Free Association (COFA) migrants, and other non-citizens who are eligible to work in the United States whose household income is at 185 percent or below of the United States Federal Poverty Guidelines for Hawaii.

Through the program, eligible participants will be assisted with job preparation, job placement, and job maintenance.  If applicable, eligible participants will be assisted with certification or training that is required for participants to attain their desired job from a third-party.

If you are interested in enrolling in Employment Services, please contact the agency in your respective county.  The agencies that are currently providing employment services are:

Employment Services for Low-Income Persons (ES-LIP) and
Legally Permanent Residents (ES-LPR)
County Agencies Contact Person Email Phone Number
Hawaii Goodwill Ray Saludares [email protected] (808) 443-5870
Honolulu Parents and Children Together Kim Golis-Robello [email protected] (808) 847-3285
Honolulu Honolulu Community Action Program, INC. Robin Fakaosi [email protected] (808) 521-4531
Honolulu Child Family Services Eydie McNicoll [email protected] (808) 681-1520
Kauai Child and Family Services Kimberly Acierto [email protected] (808) 821-2520
Maui Maui Economic Opportunity, INC. Cassi Yamashita [email protected] (808) 243-4359

OCS is currently soliciting input from prospective providers for the 2020 Program Year.  The Request for Proposal can be found here.