While we offer specialized services, IHS staff works to recognize the variation of what precipitates homelessness and match a client's specific needs with appropriate programs that effectively stabilize their health and well-being.
Our Family Program is designed to facilitate transition into permanent housing by promoting resiliency and skills to maintain permanent residences. Staff and partners focus on communication skills, economic barriers, parenting, coping strategies, and supporting children’s educational and social development through enrichment activities and programs.
In FY 2016, IHS served 115-family households, including 176 adults and 224 children, 18 years old and younger. Before entering shelter, children often demonstrate low self-esteem, presents with poor hygiene, are malnourished, and are often under-performing in school. Our Family Program is committed to helping children and families re-establish a sense of “normalcy” through the shelter’s structure, establishing enrichment activities, homework club, summer fun and community activities outside of school. Children are oftentimes also reconnected with families at IHS after state intervention through Child Welfare Services (CWS).
Exit surveys reflect that the majority of families leaving IHS report a reduction in negative behavioral patterns and a healthier family unit overall.
Case Managers are life-coaches who help homeless clients navigate the health and human services system. With support, clients are better able to access state benefits, housing assistance, treatment programs, healthcare, employment and general community activities. We offer specialized types of Case Management programs focused on addressing mental illness, substance abuse, community re-entry after incarceration, veterans and families in crisis.
IHS partners with over 80 community partner organizations throughout Hawaii to provide an expanded spectrum of services aimed at their individual needs, and ending and preventing their homelessness.
Stable health is critical to a homeless person’s ability to achieve goals of housing and employment. While we operate a wellness clinic at the Sumner Men’s Shelter, we also provide clients with direct access to healthcare services through a partnership with the Kalihi-Palama Health Center healthcare for the Homeless, located at the Kaaahi Women & Family Shelter.
As a hub for robust homeless services, we also receive many referrals of homeless patients from Oahu hospitals and neighboring medical centers. It is our goal to be an efficient access point for homeless services and to provide a safe environment for clients to stabilize and obtain housing.
Doing so reduces unnecessary re-hospitalization, and consequently saves our community an average $26,700 per episode of hospitalization.