Hawaii group gives $4M to house homeless families

Hawaii group gives $4M to house homeless families

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii foundation is kicking off a $4 million program to help homeless families secure permanent housing.

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that the Hawaii Community Foundation begins its three year statewide effort Wednesday.

The initiative will help nonprofits adopt the Housing First approach to homelessness. Housing First emphasizes getting people into permanent homes before providing other services. That's different from the typical model where clients spend months or years in transitional housing while getting services.

The money will help nonprofit organizations with coaching, training and collaboration. It also will provide grant opportunities to the agencies. Eight homeless shelter providers were selected by the foundation.

The group chose to focus on families because of the significant and lasting impact homelessness has on children.

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