March 1, 2019 - 9 am - 10:30 am
Ending Family Homelessness in Hawaii County by 2020
This working group of non-profits and Faith Communities meets to develop and implement plans to achieve the goal of ending family homelessness.
Our work focuses on Four areas:
- Affordable Housing
- Rental housing must be affordable to individuals and families working minimum wage jobs, which is the equivalent of earning about 30% of the Area median Income
- Government subsidies for housing are limited. Communities Faith need to find alternative ways to provide truly affordable housing for the working poor.
- Prevention of Homelessness through limited emergency financial assistance
- The lack of affordable housing in Hawaii County means many families live on the edge of homelessness.
- Faith Communities need to develop local financial resources to help housed families facing a financial crisis to remain housed.
- Faith Communities and local financial institutions need to work together to develop micro-loans to help families manage unexpected expenses without becoming homeless.
- Expanding Shelter Beds for Families
- Add up 20 family shelter beds in East Hawaii through programs like Family Promise.
- Advocate for the addition of 105 family shelter beds in West Hawaii.
- Advocate for the Value of Each Person
- Resist the criminalization of poverty and homelessness
- Educate the larger community about issues of poverty and homelessness
The group meets monthly, in the Office of Housing conference room at 1990 Kinoole, St.
1990 Kinoole St.