On Thursday Gov. David Ige signed a second supplemental proclamation that the administration said will allow the state to continue coordinated efforts with the counties to provide emergency shelter, long-term housing and services “to those without homes.”

The proclamation extends by 60 days the state’s “homeless response” efforts to the following:

  • Kauai County – a temporary houseless and assessment shelter to serve as “a safe and central place” for up to 20 homeless people a day. They’ll be offered wraparound social services and assessment, meals, laundry assistance and hygiene services.
  • Maui County – puuhonua, or “sanctuaries, in Kahalui, Wailuku and Lahaina. Each puuhonua will have modular units placed on property near existing emergency or transitional homeless shelters. The three sites could serve 192 individuals people total.
  • Hawaii County – micro-unit housing in West Hawaii leading to permanent housing for up to 32 people. Social services is part of the plan.
  • City & County of Honolulu – longer-term housing options for the homeless that will range from temporary housing projects (up to six years) to permanent units, geographically distributed throughout Oahu.

“We are continuing to work closely with the counties to focus on specific services that we know will move people toward permanent housing. 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,” said Ige.

Hale Mauliola on Sand Island, a transitional shelter.
Hale Mauliola on Sand Island, a transitional shelter. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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