IHS to launch new program in effort to help Maui homeless

Published: Sep. 30, 2015 at 9:42 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 30, 2015 at 9:49 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new program on Maui is in the works to help the homeless get off the streets and back into a home.

On Wednesday, the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association presented the Institute for Human Services with a $25,000 check to launch the new program in partnership with the Maui Family Life Center.

IHS Executive Director Connie Mitchell says after launching the homeless outreach program in Waikiki last year, they received many calls from Maui service providers expressing interest in the relocation program.

"Why we selected Maui was that they have the highest percentage of new people that were homeless," Mitchell said.

The relocation program requires the homeless to pay part of their airfare.

Officials hope the funds will help at least 80 homeless people on Maui to reconnect with family and friends.

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