Hawaii nonprofit to help renovate homeless shelters

Hawaii nonprofit to help renovate homeless shelters

By MARINA RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii nonprofit is planning to help homeless shelters, including building one for medically fragile homeless people who are released from hospitals.

HomeAid Hawaii is working with the local construction industry to provide discounted or free construction materials and labor for homeless shelters. They're working to renovate two shelters that support youth, families and individuals. They're also helping to improve a home that will be open in March for homeless people who are discharged from hospitals or need medical care.

The Youth Outreach drop-in center in Waikiki, Next Step Shelter and the Institute for Human Services are the shelters receiving assistance.

Homelessness in Hawaii has grown in recent years. The islands have the nation's highest rate per capita, ahead of New York and Nevada, according to federal statistics.

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