Helping clients find permanent homes

Helping clients find permanent homes

Our Housing Program consists of a constellation of services, all centered around the same goal: helping IHS guests and clients reach sustainable permanent housing. How a client reaches this milestone, and the resources they tap into to achieve it, varies from person to person. 

Guest – Someone who takes shelter at one of our facilities.
Client – Someone who participates in a service, such as case management or employment services. 

We believe that having a safe, permanent space to sleep every night is a basic human necessity. Housing insecurity (also known as unstable housing) has far reaching effects, including increased (sometimes debilitating) mental and emotional stress, food insecurity, decreased job and school attendance and performance, lack of sleep, poor physical health, and inability to plan beyond the present.

So, what is permanent housing? 
Permanent Housing refers to a housing lease made in a client’s name. It’s stable housing with consistent funds to pay for it. Permanent housing includes government subsidized, affordable housing, or supportive housing. 

One- and two-bedroom units at Kahauiki Village a permanent supportive housing community.

Housing models fulfilling different needs

Most of our housing program clients now reside in apartments or homes managed by independent landlords. A few, however, are part of the continua of care provided by IHS. Locations managed or serviced by us include:

Kahauiki Village (KV) is a community of affordable one- and two-bedroom unit rentals available for previously homeless families and kupuna (elderly). Amenities are included in the base rent, allowing residents to build their savings and practice budgeting. 

Beacon of Hope and the Houses and Village of Redemption (three sites total) are re-entry supportive housing options. Recently released prisoners can rent single-occupancy bedrooms while saving money and getting back on their feet. Beacon of Hope is available for female guests, while the Houses and Village of Redemption are for men. 

Bridge housing for kupuna is available on the upper level of our medical respite home in Kalihi Valley. Bridge housing kupuna residents may be formerly involved in the medical respite program, or may arrive there directly from shelter or the street.

With help from housing navigators, clients can apply and/or be referred to income-appropriate housing outside of our locations. Permanent housing is something every person and household should have the opportunity to enjoy. Over the next few months here on our blog, Instagram and Facebook, we’re going to spotlight different programs and services that are available to serve different stages of housing insecurity: currently homeless, immediately at-risk of homelessness, struggling to maintain long-term stable housing, and households somewhere in-between. Be sure to follow us to find out more about local service providers, State government programs and agencies working together to help end homelessness here in Hawaii.

9 Comments
  • C.B
    Posted at 22:47h, 05 April Reply

    This would help tremendously!

  • Ed(Eke) Andrews
    Posted at 14:40h, 27 July Reply

    I am currently seeking housing. Age 65.

    • Angie Knight
      Posted at 23:17h, 27 July Reply

      Aloha Ed, thank you for reaching out! I’ve forwarded your name and message to our outreach team, who will reach out to you. If you’d like to provide more information or phone number to contact you, please email info@ihshawaii.org. Mahalo.

  • Sinygo Anson
    Posted at 23:58h, 27 July Reply

    I was referred to you guys by our landlord. My family are looking for assistance.

    • Angie Knight
      Posted at 19:17h, 28 July Reply

      Aloha Sinygo, thank you for reaching out! I’ve forwarded your message to our housing team, who will reach out to you with some follow up questions to see if and how we can assist you. If you’d like to provide more information or phone number to contact you, please email info@ihshawaii.org. Mahalo!

  • Sammantha LM Ngaue
    Posted at 17:17h, 07 September Reply

    I’m trying to find help to get first months rent and security deposit? My family and I just got our EHV and we are waiting for our section 8 inspection to happen and hopefully get our new place.

    • Angie Knight
      Posted at 02:31h, 08 September Reply

      Aloha Sammantha, thanks for reaching out! Our Housing Program does offer assistance with security deposits. To see if we’re able to assist, please fill out the form on our Housing Program’s page here. Once completed, our staff will reach out with possible next steps. Thank you in advance for your patience as our team is working diligently to respond the high-volume of inquiries. Mahalo!

  • Ishia kaawa
    Posted at 13:06h, 12 May Reply

    Aloha,

    I am needing help to get housing, and job training/help getting back into the workforce.

    • Angie Knight
      Posted at 00:48h, 16 May Reply

      Aloha Ishia, thank you for reaching out! We’d love to connect with you, please reach out via email to info@ihshawaii.org with your current contact information so our team can reach out with next steps. Mahalo!

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