We believe individuals and families should have opportunities to increase their income, build savings, become financially stable and achieve long-term economic independence. Our goal is to ensure that lower-income, hard-working families have the tools and knowledge to attain their financial goals.
WHY POVERTY PREVENTION?
- 1 in 4 Hawaii families require some sort of assistance-they are not financially secure. Additionally, 1 in 3 of the remaining Hawaii families have insufficient reserves to sustain their household if their source of income were interrupted for three months. The basic survival income for a family of four is $69,064 on Oahu. Few jobs in Hawaii pay a 'living' wage.
- On any given night, 5,000 people are homeless on Oahu. While we have made progress in increasing available emergency shelter, more than 1,900 remain unsheltered.
- Provide assistance in maintaining housing to those at risk of homelessness, with an emphasis on families and seniors
- Through a network of home and community-based services, assist older adults to 'age in place,' delaying or preventing institutionalization
- Provide workforce development services, job training and skills building
- Increase the level of financial literacy in lower-income households
- Ensure young adults have access to pregnancy prevention information and support
POVERTY PREVENTION PROGRAM