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Millions in stimulus money going to help Hawaii’s homeless

Jerry Rauckhorst Jerry Rauckhorst
Mayor Mufi Hannemann Mayor Mufi Hannemann
Connie Mitchell Connie Mitchell

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Help is on the way for Hawaii's homeless. Today, 8 different organizations received millions of dollars. The money will also be used to prevent more people from living on the streets.

"I'm very, very proud to present to you a check for $973,432," said Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

Jerry Rauckhorst gladly accepts this on behalf of Catholic Charities Hawaii. It's much-needed support during a crucial time.

"That will give us an opportunity to do everything we can to mitigate against homelessness especially with the families who are experiencing layoffs and results of the economic situation within our community," said Rauckhorst.

Hannemann announced the release of over $4 million in Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Funds.

"No one entity in the social services provider field can do this alone. It takes all of us working together, so this is one of the best investments we can make of our taxpayers dollars," said Hannemann.

Money that will help a variety of people.

"Also it gives us an opportunity to serve people who are single or couples with some housing subsidies which we haven't been able to help because most of the money we've gotten to help with subsidies have gone to families with children," said Connie Mitchell with the Institute for Human Services.

The funds also support health centers in Waianae and Waikiki so people who are in need, can receive proper medical care.

The funds were provided to the city through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provides money to low-income households and helps families who have been affected by the weak economy.

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