The City and County of Honolulu has stopped accepting more applications for rental and utilities assistance after reaching 5,000 applications.

“The portal at is now temporarily paused to allow the City’s community partners to process applications and distribute funds to landlords and utility companies,” the city said in its press release.

The city’s nonprofit partners include the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and Catholic Charities Hawaii. Officials from Catholic Charities Hawaii previously raised concerns about the relatively slow pace of applications.

“People who have started their applications should continue to submit their materials using the personalized account they created,” the press release said.

Applications are expected to re-open after the current batch of applications is reviewed.

The city has spent $58 million of an estimated $100 million available to help Oahu households. About 7,000 households have received the funding thus far, the city said.

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