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State Welfare (Cash Benefits and Food Stamps)

Self-Help Information

  • Department of Human Services: The Appeals Process

    Use this brochure if your Department of Human Services benefits are being denied, reduced, or terminated. These benefits include AABD, Food Stamps, GA, Medicaid, QUEST, TANF, and/or TAONF benefits. Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
  • How to Apply for Cash Benefits

    Use this brochure if you want information on how to apply for General Assistance (GA) or Aid to the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (AABD) benefits for adults with severe disabilities. Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
  • How to Apply for SNAP (Food Stamps)

    This brochure provides general information and application details about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program "SNAP" (formerly known as food stamps). Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
  • What to do with a DHS Notice of Overpayment

    Use this brochure if you have received an overpayment notice from the Department of Human Services for your TANF, GA, AABD, food stamps, or QUEST. Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
  • Aloha United Way 211 Online Database

    Search a database of over 4,000 government and nonprofit services and programs to find the answers you need, from basic needs (food, shelter, clothing), childcare, elderly care, disability services and more. Read More

    By:
    Aloha United Way
  • Apply for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

    This brochure provides information about TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) or TAONF (Temporary Assistance to Other Needy Families) benefits and how to apply. TANF/TAONF is the financial assistance program for families with dependent children. Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
  • Department of Human Services Processing Center Locations

    View a statewide list of DHS Processing Center locations and contact information organized by island. These application units offer services related to state benefit claims. Read More

    By:
    Department of Human Services
  • Information about Intentional Program Violations (IPV)

    An Intentional Program Violation means that you had an overpayment from DHS in the past AND they believe you purposely hid or lied about information concerning your situation; AND, you received more benefits than you were entitled to because of your action. For Food Stamps, an IPV can also include misusing, selling, or buying Food Stamps. Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
  • Public Assistance Information System (PAIS)

    PAIS provides basic information on a variety of assistance programs offered through the Department of Human Services. It is accessible 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Read More

    By:
    Department of Human Services
  • Rules for Working and Receiving TANF/TAONF

    Information about eligibility for TANF/TAONF and work requirements Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
  • Self-Help Form: DHS Fair Hearing Request

    Use this interactive interview if you would like to complete a DHS Fair Hearing Request because your application for state benefits (financial assistance, medical benefits, food stamp benefits, social service benefits and other benefits) was denied or your current state benefits were reduced or ended. Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
  • Steps to take before your Welfare Assistance Ends

    This brochure provides steps to take if your welfare cash assistance is expiring soon. Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
  • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants, and Children

    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants, and Children (WIC), is a federally funded program which provides Hawaii residents with nourishing supplemental foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and health and social service referrals. Read More

    By:
    Hawaii State Department of Health
  • Video: Representing Yourself in Court

    This video provides general information how to represent yourself at a court or administrative hearing. Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid Society of Hawaii