We all know the homeless problem in Hawaii has escalated into a very serious crisis.
Evictions -- removing people from their home for non-payment of rent -- is a major contributor to homelessness, and it only makes good sense that preventing this from happening is a necessary and vital part of any strategy that addresses our homeless crisis.
In Hawaii, where half of our families live paycheck to paycheck, an unexpected car repair or health issue, or any other number of incidents can cause these families to fall behind in rent.
Last year, Aloha United Way was awarded a grant from the State of Hawaii, which through the help and support of 20 non-profits that serve every county in Hawaii, they were able to help prevent 4,700 people from being evicted -- 2,200 of them were children.
We need to continue funding for this statewide grant, which last year was known as the 'Coordinated Statewide Homeless Initiative' and this year rests in HB 1240 - yes - HB 1240!
We are asking you to please contact your State Senators and ask them to support HB 1240.
This is a short term assistance program which requires the recipients to be sustainable after no more than three months.
Last year the money allocated on average was about two thousand dollars for a total of two months.
With so few real success stories out there making a 'proven' difference in the battle against the rising tide of homelessness this program is a 'no-brainer!
This is a highly successful and cost effective program that has made an undeniable difference. On a going forward basis this House Bill should be viewed as vitally important in helping all of us prevent homelessness.
Once again, please contact your State Senator and ask them to support HB 1240! Thank you!
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