Homeless Programs

October 16, 2015 Emergency Proclamation Addressing Homelessness

State Homeless Shelter Program:  22 agencies; 13 emergency shelters, 32 transitional shelters

  • Provide emergency and/or transitional shelter to stabilize the homeless and offer them a safe place to reassess and take control of their living situation.
  • Provide empowerment and case management to enable families to obtain and retain permanent housing, economic independence, and self-sufficiency for the long-term.
  • Provide services to homeless individuals and families including adequate meals or cooking facilities; client assessment/social services planning; case management; job training; medical and social services referrals; childcare; educational and life skills classes; and monitoring and follow-up after transitioning to permanent housing.

State Homeless Outreach Program:  8 agencies

  • Provide intake and referral and other needed services to eligible unsheltered homeless persons to assist in the progression toward a healthier, more stable living condition with the ultimate goal of permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
  • Address participants’ basic survival needs, i.e. basic medical care, food, clothing, identification, shelter (as best as possible) and help identify the causes of their homelessness and barriers to achieving a more stable living condition.
  • Provide counseling and referral, including assisting participants in addressing identified needs and barriers, and facilitating referrals to local, state and federal programs and private sector agencies for further services, such as emergency or transitional shelter, employment training, mental health services or educational training.

State Homeless Emergency Grants Program:  2 agencies

  • Make available to eligible homeless families and individuals monetary assistance to prevent, avoid, or remedy homelessness and its associated dangers.
  • Assist homeless persons with housing, food, medical and other types of expenses arising from emergency needs, including housing rental deposit and rent; utility costs/deposit, and transient shelter needs such as blankets.
  • Provide housing costs to avert imminent eviction.
  • Provide food, including food preparation equipment and supplies, or eating utensils and supplies, including transient shelter needs such as portable stoves and fuel. Food costs also include needed special diet supplements and food on an emergency basis while working with the family to find more long-term solutions;
  • Facilitate medical care or medicine, including emergency medical related expenses or purchase of supplies for special medical needs;
  • Provide transportation and job-hunting expenses or expenses involved with getting qualification documentation for public assistance programs. Transportation costs may include bus passes or car repair expenses in emergency situations;
  • Provide for one time child and dependent care costs; and
  • Assuage other emergency needs.
  • Conduct follow-up with participants, including providing follow-up services and referrals to participants receiving grants within three to six months to ensure that a participant does not become homeless.

Housing Placement Program (TANF Funded):  5 agencies

  • Cultivate and outreach to landlords to rent to homeless persons or Section-8 voucher holders.
  • Provide for client assessment, linkage to appropriate landlords, and landlord/client intervention to assist with the transition into a rental unit.
  • Provide first month’s rent or rental deposit and additional damage guarantees, as needed.
  • Provide counseling on becoming a responsible tenant, understanding the lease document, budgeting, and other life skills.

Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Programs:  9 agencies
(Federal funding only for Neighbor Island programs.  Formerly known as Shelter Plus Care and Supportive Housing Program)

  • Provide housing placement with an ongoing rent subsidy for homeless persons with disabilities.
  • Provide rental deposit and ongoing case management/mentoring to maintain housing stability.
  • Special programs such as job training GED attainment, substance abuse counseling and assistance in transitioning to full employment.
  • Provide financial assistance for childcare, educational tuition and medical costs.
  • Leasing and operational costs for supportive permanent housing units.
  • Provide permanent supportive housing to chronically homeless individuals with disabilities including substance abuse disorders, mental illness, physical health issues, and/or victims of domestic abuse
  • Maintenance and upgrade of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
  • Preparation, documentation and analysis of data collected from HMIS
  • Developing a written annual report that contains state- and county-level data on the demographics, trends and other characteristics of homeless in Hawaii.
  • Designing, producing and disseminating the annual report in print and electronic formats.

Housing Opportunities For Persons With AIDS (Federal Program):
1 lead administrative agency representing 3 separate agencies on Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island

  • Provide housing placement with security deposits and ongoing rent subsidies for homeless persons with  HIV/AIDS.
  • Provide ongoing case management/mentoring to maintain stability in housing.
  • Provide short-term rent, mortgage and utility assistance (STRMU), which is a short-term homelessness prevention and intervention benefit.

Emergency Solutions Grant Program (Federal Program): 7 agencies; 9 shelters

  • Provide operational funds to emergency shelters.
  • Provide financial assistance and supportive services to prevent homelessness among at-risk individuals and families.
  • Provide financial assistance and supportive services to rapidly re-house those who are literally homeless, and to ensure stability after the ESG assistance ends.