KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - The Big Island is celebrating its latest efforts to reduce homelessness with the launch of a $2.5 million housing project in Kailua-Kona.
Officials gathered Tuesday for the grand opening of Hale Kikaha, which consists of 23 units, including four that are handicap accessible. Sharon Hirota with the county Office of Housing and Development says the first tenants are expected to move in sometime during the first week of the month.
Those who will live in the units were selected after applying and going through an interview process.
The goal is to have residents live there for a year before it's decided whether they will move into alternative housing, such as an apartment.
The housing project was the county's response to Gov. David Ige's call for more permanent housing solutions.