About OCS

The Office of Community Services (OCS) was established by Act 305 of the 1985 Hawaii State Legislature to consolidate the functions of several earlier anti-poverty agencies that administered state and federal funds.  Act 305 was codified as Chapter 371K of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS). OCS works to fulfill its mandate by administering grants for programs that assist low-income individuals and families, refugees, and immigrants so they can live healthier lives and achieve greater economic self-sufficiency. The Office is administratively attached to the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. OCS administers many State and Federally funded programs which are listed below.

State funded programs:  

State Grant in Aid (GIA)

Employment Services

Federally funded programs:

Community Services Block Grants (CSBG) program 

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) 

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 

Legal Advocacy for Children & Their Families 

Refugee Resettlement Assistance Programs (ORR

OCS administers state and federal funds through contracts with non-profit organizations and does not provide services directly to clients. Individuals seeking services should contact the appropriate service-providing agency.

Office of Community Services
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
830 Punchbowl Street, Room 420
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-5095
Telephone: 808-586-8675
Email: [email protected]