Honolulu officials are working on solutions to address the city’s growing homeless issue with the construction of Hale Mauliola, a new temporary modular housing and service center on Sand Island.
The city has decided who will build its transitional housing and services center at Sand Island.
Container Storage of Hawaii, Ltd. was selected to construct the container living units at Hale Mauliola.
The company said the shelters will be fabricated from new shipping containers.
The $523,517 contract will be implemented in three phases and serve as transitional housing for up to 83 persons in 25 containers by the end of the year.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said at a briefing Monday that up to 250 people will be housed.
Twenty units will be available to couples, 39 units to individuals, and four of the 63 total units will be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.
Each unit will be separate and have a programmable combination lock on the door, offering security and privacy to inhabitants. Insulation, reflective exterior coating, screen shade over roofs, screen doors, and screen windows will be used to keep the units cool.
Fiberglass roll insulation will be placed between the container walls and plywood paneling. Flooring will be commercial grade vinyl tile.
Caldwell said Hale Mauliola will be designed to have shaded courtyards between the containers to help create what he calls a “village atmosphere.”
The one-acre site will also have showers, bathrooms, and dining areas.
Phase 1 includes the installation of the first nine containers with an estimated delivery date of Oct. 30.
An additional eight containers will be installed for Phases 2 and 3, with anticipated delivery dates of Nov. 27 and Dec. 18, respectively, for a total of 25 containers.
The Institute of Human Services was previously awarded the services contract for Hale Mauliola, which includes the operation of an intake center and program office as well as case management.
This will be a low-barrier approach, with fewer rules in place to encourage the participation of people who may not seek help at a traditional shelter. Pets will be allowed as long as they are not dangerous.
Hale Mauliola will feature 24-hour security and staffing.