Single Mothers Assistance in Hawaii

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Last Updated on September 13, 2023 by Lori Pace

This article is dedicated to helping single moms find assistance for basic needs in Hawaii, such as money, food, shelter, healthcare, and more.

Assistance programs for single moms in Hawaii

Senior Discounts

Discounts for Seniors in Chilis, Longs Drugs, Ross, and Consolidated Theatres are available for seniors living in Hawaii. Visit this page for the list of discounts and this page for a list of resources.

Homeless Shelters and Services

The Institute of Human Services (IHS), a private and non-profit organization that aims to prevent and end homelessness in Hawaii. They provide emergency food and shelter to the homeless and in need. Community food programs, health care, outreach, employment, and even more services are the other things they offer. Visit their website or call them at 808-447-2863 to learn more about their Housing Services. Take time to visit this page to find a list of shelters available in Honolulu.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Single Mothers

The SNAP contributes to food purchases of qualified low-income single mothers and families. Recipients get their benefits through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which is used to buy food from retail groceries. The card cannot be used for hot meals ready to eat, food to be cooked and eaten in the store, soap products, paper products, tobacco, alcohol, and pet food. There are community gardens and food pantries that you can go to for more assistance. 

Visit their website to learn more about the SNAP. Start your application online or call them at 808-643-1643.

Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS) of Hawaii

The CCCS aims to guide families in taking more control of their lives financially through counseling. They provide counseling to educate the community about the responsibilities of using credit. Let CCCS help you take control, visit their website to learn more about them.


1164 Bishop St. Suite 1614

Honolulu, HI 96813



Maui, Kauai, Molokai & Lanai

Walter Cameron Center

95 Mahalani St., Suite 6

Wailuku, HI 96793


Big Island

632 Kinoole Street

Hilo, HI 96720


Telephone Discount for single parents

Lifeline, a federally funded program that gives discounts on monthly local telephone bills of qualified single mothers. The main telephone is the only one that can be used for LifeLine. 

Link-Up provides individuals and families a one-time discount for their telephone bills. The FCC has phased out this program except to those living on tribal lands, including Hawaiian Home Lands. Learn more through this page.

Free Medical Care for Single Mothers

Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, KKV

The Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (KKV – 1972) by the Kalihi Valley community fill the absence of accessible health care. This program is for the valley’s low-income, immigrant Asian, and Pacific Island population. Visit their website or call 808-791-9419 or 808 791-9400 to find out how they’ll be able to help you. Visit this page to find a directory of free or low-cost medical clinics.

Lori Pace
Lori Pace

Lori Pace is a single mother of three daughters ages 7 and under. As a working mom from home, she balances kids, work and two crazy dogs with humor and love. Follow Lori as she honestly gives tips and advice based on her own experiences as a single mom!