Catholic Charities Hawaii has been selected to operate the new homeless center in Kakaako.

Gov. David Ige announced the nonprofit as the service provider of the Kakaako Family Assessment Center earlier today.

According to Scott Ishikawa, a spokesman for the organization, Catholic Charities Hawaii will take over on Sept. 26 and hopes to open the center to homeless families later that week. Until then, it is still in the process of determining which families will move in.

Catholic Charities Family intake center blessing held at the shed near Kakaako Waterfront Park and the UH Medical school. 16 sept 2016
A blessing at the Catholic Charities Family Assessment Center was held earlier this week at the facility near Kakaako Waterfront Park.. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The center will have less restrictive requirements so homeless families and individuals won’t need identification or tuberculosis clearances to get in.

The 24-hour facility is expected to house more than 400 homeless individuals over the next two years. The goal is to bring people in, match them with resources and programs and transition them to permanent housing, all within 90 days.

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