Preventing Anxiety and Trauma in Keiki During Covid-19

Mental Health Awareness Month  Preventing Anxiety and Trauma in Keiki   During the pandemic children and families all around the world are experiencing increased risk of stress and fear. Although stay-at-home orders are being lifted, we know that the risk for contracting COVID-19 is not gone. ‘Ohanas and individuals must …

LGBTQ History Month – Ending Youth Homelessness

How can we support our LGBTQ homeless youth? Neighborhood Place of Puna supports family strengthening and building resilience for Hawai’i families. Since our founding we have been committed to ending family and youth homelessness in Hawai’i. February is LGBTQ history month. This month we are highlighting the issue of LGBTQ …

Spot Child Trafficking – Human Trafficking Awareness Month

  January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. Recently, a PBS broadcast reported that sex trafficking in Hawai’i is far worse (up to 10x as prevalent) than in other mainland cities. Honolulu is a major center point of international sex trafficking, and this issue impacts neighbor islands extensively as well. In …

Ending Child and Family Homelessness

In our hearts, we know that children should never experience homelessness! Yet child and family homelessness persist in our community. Data from March of 2018 indicates that on Hawaii Island there are approximately 180 children experiencing homelessness with their families. That amount of child and family homelessness is not caused …

Protecting Children by Ending Family Homelessness

Children thrive best in a nurturing, safe, stable home environment. Homelessness is neither safe nor stable. It is not an environment that promotes the healthy development of children. In fact, being homeless puts children at greater risk for maltreatment. Neighborhood Place of Puna actively works to end family homelessness on …