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Governor Extends Hawai‘i’s Efforts for the Homeless

December 24, 2015, 2:00 PM HST
* Updated December 24, 11:47 AM
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Governor David Ige. Official photo.

Governor David Ige. Official photo.

Gov. David Ige today signed a second supplemental proclamation that allows the state to continue its coordinated efforts with the counties to provide emergency shelter, long-term housing and services to the homeless.

“We are continuing to work closely with the counties to focus on specific services that we know will move people toward permanent housing,”said Gov. Ige. “Whether it is emergency shelter or wrap-around social services, the programs supported by this action are needed to ensure that our community members who are without homes can get the help they need,”

The supplemental proclamation is extended by 60 days to support the following specific efforts:

Maui County Pu‘uhonua in Kahalui, Wailuku and Lahaina Each Pu‘uhonua (sanctuary) will offer modular units, which will be placed on property located near existing emergency or transitional homeless shelters. The three Pu‘uhonua are estimated to serve 192 individuals total, an estimated number of 64 per site.

Hawai‘i County Micro-Unit Housing A micro-unit housing project in West Hawai‘i is anticipated to provide permanent housing for up to 32 individuals. Social services will be coordinated by an on-site facility manager.

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Kaua‘i County Temporary Houseless and Assessment Shelter This facility will serve as a safe and central place for homeless individuals to receive wraparound social services and assessment, as well as meals, laundry assistance and hygiene services. It will accommodate up to 20 individuals per day.

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City & County of Honolulu Longer-Term Housing Options for the Homeless Up to six long-term housing projects are being contemplated by the City & County of Honolulu. The projects will range from temporary housing projects (up to six years) to permanent housing, and will be targeted specifically to homeless individuals or homeless families. The sites will be geographically distributed throughout the island.

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