Last Updated 03/07/2022
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.
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.
Refugee and Entrant Assistance Program