Hale ‘Iki Family Assessment Center

Ending Family Homelessness


In the summer of 2019 Neighborhood Place of Puna was blessed to work in partnership with other non-profit  agencies, communities of faith and government to open the first and only family emergency shelter in Puna. Hale ‘Iki Family Assessment Center consists of nine small homes that can accommodate up to four family members. This housing first based program provides emergency shelter to families experiencing homelessness.  Families at Hale Iki are provided housing navigation, tenancy skills training, and case management to help move them from homelessness and into stable housing as quickly as possible.

A hale unit at Hale Iki Family Assessment Center. Each hale has four beds, larger families have used two units at a time when necessary. Neighborhood Place of Puna has helped dozens of families with children recover from experiencing homelessness in the last year.


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:

  1. We work directly with homeless families to connect them with emergency shelter, permanent housing, and the supports they need to remain housed. 
  2. We work with local churches to identify emergency short term shelter and support to homeless families who have nowhere else to go. 
  3. We work with Communities of Faith, businesses, and Social Welfare groups to address the lack of affordable housing for families. 
  4. We work to address the underlying causes of family homelessness and poverty. 


Neighborhood Place of Puna needs your help. Please make a donation today to support our homeless families and the work that we do to ensure that no child has to experience homelessness.


Four of nine shelter units 

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.

Gardens at Hale Iki maintained by volunteers and local faith community

More about Hawai’i and U.S. Homelessness

Honolulu Civil Beat Poverty persists among Hawaiians despite low unemployment

Splinter News They were there first, but now Native Hawaiians have nowhere to live

Daily Mail Homelessness in Hawaii has grown so fast that the eighth-smallest state in U.S. has the nation’s highest homeless rate per capita

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.

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