Hawaii's Homeless: Transitioning Out - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Hawaii's Homeless: Transitioning Out

Posted: Updated:

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - From the streets to the shelter, to transitional housing. Tonight, we're going to share an important story on Homelessness in Hawaii.

Advocates for the homeless estimate there's a shortage of 40,000 "affordable homes" in Hawaii. And for the homeless, moving from the streets -- to the shelter -- to transitional housing is *key to getting their lives -- back to normal.

There are 68 rooms here at Hale Ulu Pono and all of them have a common kitchen where they can cook and utilize the refrigerator. And then there's a common sitting area, where people can gather and talk story. All of the residents are asked to put a little something down when they move in. And their rent is based on 30 percent of their income.

H-5 Hawaii Helping the Hungry Have Hope:
http://www.h5hawaii.org/

Hawaii Dream Service Center:
http://hawaiidreamservicecenter.org/

Homeless Service Organizations:
http://www.hud.gov/local/hi/homeless/serviceorgshonolulu.cfm

Hawaii Housing Authority:
http://www.hcdch.state.hi.us/faqs/homelessprograms.html

If you missed Ramsay's earlier stories, check them out here.

Part I: Life's Not a Beach
Part II: Living in the Bush
Part III: Keiki in Crisis
Part IV: Sheltered Life
Part VI: A Dream Come True: Hawaii's Dream Service Center

Contact Ramsay: rwharton@hawaiinewsnow.com