Homeless shelters play a critical role in our emergency response system. More people are falling into homelessness after being discharged from hospitals and prisons, are living in vehicles, own pets, or require special needs in their recovery and transformation out of homelessness.
With the face of homelessness changing, we must continue to evolve shelter options to meet the needs of clients with special needs. IHS is proud to offer a continually broadening array of shelter options. Each is uniquely tailored to appeal to homeless people with specific needs. At the same time, each brings together small groups of people with common situations that require individualized care and attention.
Guests in our shelters learn and grow together with common solutions. They support one another to make different choices and often leave a little further along in their recovery from homelessness, inspired to make a home of their own. Home-like environments have truly become a transformational place where homeless who face similar barriers - such as veterans with trauma, or formerly incarcerated being denied housing and employment - help each other through times of crisis.
IHS Specialty Shelters - Hale Mauliola, Tutu Bert's (Makiki and Kalihi) V.E.T. House and our newest, Kalihi-Uka Recovery Homes – have added a total of 215 beds to Oahu's safety net. They operate similarly to our Iwilei Emergency Shelters by providing 24/7 supervision, daily meals, hospitality, support services, and basic needs. Most importantly, IHS Specialty Shelters are on track to stabilize and serve at minimum 400 people this year, with the goal of connecting them to stable housing.
Learn more about our specialty shelters by clicking here.