Chronically homeless getting apartments in Honolulu

Chronically homeless getting apartments in Honolulu

HONOLULU (AP) - The state is part of an effort to get 30 chronically homeless people off the streets and moved in to Oahu apartments by June.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports five people stepped into their new homes last week.

The state is working with Honolulu officials and social service agencies to get homeless residents into two apartment complexes in Honolulu under the state's Housing First program. The homeless residents will also get moved in to market-rate rental units across Oahu, where they will have access to social services for help with problems such as substance abuse and mental illness.

The efforts will continue through May, when the last of 30 chronically homeless people are expected to be housed.

State officials say the University of Hawaii's Center on the Family will monitor the residents' progress.

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