City to expand Hale Mauliola after helping 100+ homeless find housing

Nearly a year after its opening, city officials say a transitional center on Sand Island is working to find Oahu’s homeless more permanent places to live.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Tuesday that Hale Mauliola has successfully placed 105 people into housing.

The Institute for Human Services, which operates the housing navigation center, reported the following statistics:

  • 30 percent of those housed were chronic homeless who entered the city’s Housing First program,
  • 11 percent were rapid re-housing clients,
  • 8 percent were clients who relocated home to the mainland,
  • 6 percent found their own apartments, but did not require government rental subsidies, and
  • 2 individuals are now homeowners on the mainland.

“This facility really has been a game-changer for our system,” said Kimo Carvalho, IHS director of community relations. “Homeless service providers are much more coordinated. We are receiving referrals from many other providers across Oahu. They are understanding how our triage system works, so they’re not just referring clients to Hale Mauliola just ’cause. They’re referring clients to Hale Mauliola because they’re triaging better and they’re matching the right client with the right type of facility. That’s how effective and efficient our system should work.”

Carvalho says those who live at Hale Mauliola are also working together to create an internal support system.

“Our clients actually factioned this area into zones, and there are actually area representatives for each zone and a council, very similar to a neighborhood board,” said Carvalho. “It’s been an amazing thing to watch this community come together to actually have a voice and power them, to actually design solutions so they can actually recover here together and actually be successfully placed into housing. They are addressing their concerns to each other.”

The city says it plans to bring in six more containers to house an additional 20 people. They’re expected to be in place by the end of the year.

Following the expansion, IHS will be able to serve up to 104 clients at one time in 31 modified shipping containers, as opposed to a current maximum capacity of 83 guests in 25 containers.

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