Statewide Homeless Initiative

4840

Total Individuals
Served

2591

Total Adults
Served

2249

Total Children
Served

440

Total Homeless
Households Served

+

1124

Total At-Risk
Households Served

=

1564

Total Households
Receiving Assistance

1761

Total Number of Calls
Fielded by 211

4274

Total Number of Agency
Referrals Made

Breakdown by County (% served)

22%

Hawai‘i Island

10%

Maui

5%

Kaua‘i

63%

O‘ahu

*Numbers reflect statistics to date from April 15, 2016 to May 9, 2017

Immediate Relief to Homeless

AUW has distributed over $4.7 million to 20 service providers across the state who are now aiding homeless individuals and families and those on the brink of homelessness. The state funding helps keep individuals and families housed by providing them with financial assistance toward rent, as well as stabilization services such as mediation, credit counseling and case management. The funding also provides assistance to those who are homeless and ready to move into housing.

211 Center

AUW has increased the capacity of the 211 hotline to include a Homeless Coordination Center that is now serving as a central hub for resources for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. Through this Center, AUW is able to identify opportunities to provide additional services to those in need, such as assistance with food stamps, bus passes and more. These additional services help to stabilize households and increase the likelihood that individuals and families remain housed.

The Funding at Work: Stories of Hope

“We would like to say how amazing this program is and how it has helped us tremendously! I was the only person working in our household as my wife at the time had just given birth to our twin boys. Three months after having the twins, we were told by our landlord that they needed to end our lease early. We were in complete shock with no alternatives. We thought we would end up homeless. It was a very scary situation, however thanks to the Coordinated Statewide Homeless Initiative program, we were approved to receive a deposit and moved into our new apartment. We were beyond thankful and appreciative. Without the organization’s help, we would have been homeless.” The R. Family

 

“I am a senior citizen living on social security. Because I am living on a fixed income, the largest part of my income goes to rent, leaving me with very little to pay for anything else. I fell behind on my rent and found out I had to pay late fees which I didn’t have the income for. I was terrified and didn’t know what to do. My fear was being homeless at my age. I discovered that there was funding to help me out with my situation. I was relieved that I was able to get help. I am still in my apartment and doing the best that I can. I am really thankful that there is an agency that cares about us. Thank you for all the help that was given. I am very grateful.” J.P.