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Recovery center opens on Maui, offers range of assistance programs

UPDATE: 9:15 a.m.

The state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations today announced the availability of a disaster recovery jobs portal for Maui to help those impacted by the wildfires.

The portal at posts all currently available jobs on Maui as maintained by the DLIR.

Job seekers will need to be registered with HireNet Hawaii to post resumes. Employers will need to be registered in HireNet Hawaii to perform candidate searches.

“Activating the Disaster Recovery Jobs Portal is part of our effort to connect job seekers and employers as Maui recovers from this tragic event,” said DLIR Director Jade T. Butay in a news release. “Connecting workers and employers is critical to supporting our local economy and speeding recovery to alleviate the suffering of our people right now.”

Staff members are providing in-person services at the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the University of Hawaii Maui College. Workforce services are also available at the American Job Center at 110 Alaihi St., Suite 209, in Kahului.

8 a.m.

FEMA is opening a Disaster Recovery Center today in Upcountry Maui so residents affected by the wildfires can learn about local, state and federal assistance programs.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said affected residents are not required to visit the Disaster Recovery Center to register for FEMA assistance, but the center is available for those who would like to speak to a FEMA specialist in person.

Specialists from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which provides low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes, will also be at the center. For more information, visit SBA’s Hawaii wildfires web page.

The Upcountry Maui Disaster Recovery Center is at Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center (Lower Multi-Purpose Room), 91 Pukalani St. Makawao.

It is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Disaster Recovery Center specialists can answer questions about assistance programs as well as clarify next steps and give helpful information.

Other ways to register for FEMA assistance include, the FEMA mobile app, or the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.


Full story: StarAdvertiser August 25, 2023

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