More than 1,100 apply for ‘Ayuda I Mangafa’ assistance


The latest numbers show interest in the Ayuda I Mangafa program has been high as local residents left out of initial CARES Act assistance seek financial relief.

The program has so far received more than 1,100 applications.

It has an overall cap on payouts of $10 million and two weeks ago paid out more than $170,000 to over 300 applicants.

Moving forward, the Department of Revenue and Taxation plans to pay out benefits on a weekly basis.

The program aims to pay $500 to families who did not qualify for Economic Impact Payments.

The EIP was the $1200 one-time payment from earlier this year.

It targets families with young adults, students and disabled members who are older than 16 and are claimed as dependents.

Students who attend school off-island, but who are still dependent on their families, are also eligible.

Dafne Shimizu, director of the Department of Revenue and Taxation, says they have a special team dedicated to processing Ayuda I Mangafa applications and they hope to send out the next batch of payments by the end of this week.

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“We’re going to do our best to make sure that we get the payments out to our community. At the end of the day you know, I believe that we’ve always advocated..we’re big advocates of course for our community..we’re members of the community..and it means a lot to us to be able to get these monies out so we can take care of our people,” Shimizu said.

You can find more information on how to apply at the Department of Rev and Tax website.