HECO, Aloha United Way launch new program to help Hawaii residents pay for electric, water, sewer, and gas bills.
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HECO, Aloha United Way launch new program to help with utility bills
Hawaiian Electric has partnered with Aloha United Way to launch a Hawaii Utility Bill Assistance program that plans to distribute $2 million to families that have fallen behind on payments for electric, water, sewer and gas bills. Residents who qualify can receive up to $750, which can be paid to one utility or split among several. Hawaiian Electric says the program is open to contributions from other companies and individuals to provide funds for a greater number of residents.
UH West Oahu showcases new $37M creative media facility
On Thursday, the program officially opened its new home: A $37 million facility designed to serve as a creative hub for students to explore their passion for media. The facility includes classrooms, production suites and a 100-seat theater. The program also works with a variety of community colleges and public high schools. Students can take classes to earn college credit and transition into receiving a bachelor’s degree.
Plan to revamp Hawaiʻi’s unemployment insurance system takes cues from other states
The Hawaiʻi State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) announced that it has executed a contract with vendor Solid State Operations, Inc. to replace “an aging, legacy mainframe system designed in the 1980s with a web-based application.” DLIR says the new platform will be easier to use, offer more automation and will accomplish the following: save money on IT costs, staff hours, and training costs; prevent UI-related fraud, waste, and abuse; provide timely, uninterrupted benefits to unemployed workers of Hawaiʻi; and provide accurate charges and modern services to Hawaiʻi employers.
107 new COVID-19 infections and 2 deaths
The cases included 80 on Oʻahu, six on Hawaiʻi Island, 16 on Maui and five residents diagnosed out of state.
Hawaiʻi remains in phase 1b of its vaccine rollout plan, which includes seniors 75 and older, first responders and other essential workers. At least 181,704 vaccine doses have been administered to date, according to the Department of Health.
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