Ending Family Homelessness
In the summer of 2019 Neighborhood Place of Puna was blessed to work in partnership with partner agencies, faith community and government to open the first and only family shelter in Puna. Hale ‘Iki Family Assessment Center has nine units of small homes with four beds each. This housing first facility temporarily supports families experiencing homelessness with shelter and other supports like housing navigation to help end family homelessness in East Hawai’i.
Neighborhood Place of Puna is committed to ensuring that no family – and certainly no child – experiences homelessness in Hawaii County.
Homelessness can have lifelong negative developmental and health impacts on a child. Children who experience homelessness are more vulnerable to child abuse and neglect. The longer a child remains homeless, the more bleak the outcome. Children raised in persistent poverty, including periods of homelessness, are less likely to finish school. They are at higher risk for incarceration, teen pregnancy/parenthood, substance abuse, and a life of poverty.
Neighborhood Place of Puna believes that we can end family homelessness in Hawaii County and that doing so is a moral imperative!
To this end:
- We work directly with homelessness families to connect them with emergency shelter, permanent housing, and the supports they need to remain housed.
- We work with local churches to provide emergency short term shelter and support to homeless families who have nowhere else to go.
- We work with the Faith Community, businesses, and Social Welfare groups to address the lack of affordable housing for families.
- We work to address the underlying causes of family homelessness and poverty.
Neighborhood Place of Puna needs your help. Please consider a donation to support our homeless families, and the work that we do to ensure that that no child has to experience homelessness.
If you or a family you know are experiencing homelessness contact us at 965-5550 to see if we can support you with housing or family strengthening services.
More about Hawai’i and U.S. Homelessness
Honolulu Civil Beat Poverty persists among Hawaiians despite low unemployment
Star Advertiser HUD: Hawaii still No. 1 in per capita homeless
Download the Aloha United Way’s ALICE Report. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income, Constrained, Employed.
Listen to Terri Gross’ April 12, 2018 interview with Pulitzer Prize winning author Mathew Desmond as they discuss America’s Eviction Crisis.
Download a simple graphic about the 2018 cost of housing in Hawaii Count.
Download the Touchpoints of Homelessness Report, which looks at Homelessness in Hawaii.
Make a monthly or one-time donation to Neighborhood Place of Puna. Your support helps us to build strong, healthy families in your community.