Associa Hawaii to distribute $1,000 checks for Marco Polo residents affected by fire
Associa Hawaii the management Hawaii says those families hardest hit by the fire will see some relief soon.
HONOLULU - Associa Hawaii, the management company at the Marco Polo, says those families hardest hit by the fire will see some relief soon. The company has set aside $100,000 in grant money and will start cutting checks on Tuesday.
The money was raised by Associa employees and companies it does business with.
"It's not enough money to clearly cover everyone's needs, but we just want to let them know they are not along Associa cares about them, and as we have seen the people of Honolulu care about these folks," said Andrew Fortin, Sr, Vice-President of External Affairs for Associa Hawaii.
The fire department said about 200 units suffered some damage from fire and water. At least 30 of them substantially affected. The assessments are still underway floor by floor.
Fortin said its more than likely it could be months before some families will be able to return to their homes.
“We are prioritizing floors 26,27 and 28, which had the most damage and most of those people have moved out and then we are we are going to work from there to those who have reported damage to us and we will work to get those grants out as soon as possible," said Fortin.
So far 122 people have applied. It’s not too late to apply for the grants. Forms are located in the Marco Polo lobby or on line at Associacares.com.
Fortin hopes to have the checks in hand Tuesday afternoon and distribute to the first families Wednesday morning.