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City didn't fund furnishings for new shelter; donations needed

SAND ISLAND, OAHU (HAWAIINEWSNOW) -

Honolulu's newest homeless shelter is set to open in the next few weeks, but Sand Island's Hale Mauliola is still a long way from being livable.

The city paid for the container units and personnel to run the shelter.

What wasn't funded was furnishing and appliances for the 37 units.

Now the service provider in charge of the facility is scrambling to collect the basics -- everything from beds and bed frames to lamps, fans and lockers for storage.

With no funding for the must-haves, the Institute for Human Services is asking for the public's help.

"We estimate it would cost just under $500 to furnish each unit," said Institute For Human Services spokesman Kimo Carvalho.

In a newsletter IHS sent out last week, IHS asked for twin beds, linens, bedside tables, and storage containers for Hale Mauliola, among other things.

Communal items are also needed for public areas such as picnic tables, grills and lounge chairs.

IHS officials said furnishing the facility will be quite an undertaking, but they also believe the community is ready to lend its support.
 
"I think at the end of the day this is really a community initiative. It's not just the city's responsibility. It's everyone's responsibility to chip in," said Carvalho.

Carvalho added that whatever isn't donated will need to be purchased.

For more information or to donate, click here. Donations can also be dropped off at the IHS shelter for women and families on Kaaahi Street.

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