Hawaii Department of Human Services, Benefit, Employment & Support Services Division, Homeless Programs Office (HPO)
The Homeless Programs Office (HPO) operates within the Hawaii Department of Human Services, Benefit, Employment & Support Services Division. HPO administers a multitude of contracts for the provision of shelter, housing, and support services to the homeless and at-risk of homelessness. HPO is an integral part of the Continuum of Care process for both Oahu and the Rural Counties, and a key advocate for new funding initiatives on behalf of the homeless throughout the State of Hawaii. HPO works in synergy with numerous government stakeholders and nonprofits in an effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate homelessness. HPO is also at the forefront of evaluation initiatives to ensure the accountability of resource provision. The following link provides information on HPO and the various programs administered by the agency: http://humanservices.hawaii.gov/bessd/hp/
The subsequent link was developed in an effort to give a central location to view information on many of the homeless programs in Hawaii. The data on this site is maintained by each of the agencies and is updated via the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
Department of Community Services, Community Based Development Division (CBDD)
The City & County of Honolulu’s Community Based Development Division (CBDD) works in partnership with local businesses and government stakeholders to address the need for affordable housing solutions and services for the homeless and at-risk of homelessness. The CBDD administers numerous grants and contracts to promote the aforementioned initiatives and to improve the lives of the most impoverished. The below link outlines the various programs administered by CBDD, and provides contact information for related questions. http://www.honolulu.gov/cms-dcs-menu/site-dcs-sitearticles/1661-cbdd-home-mm.html
Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness (HICH)
The Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness (HICH) was established in July 2011 by Executive order and is composed of numerous government directors and community leaders. The HICH is tasked with providing viable solutions to end homelessness and strengthen relationships between the many agencies providing services to the homeless. The HICH has adopted a Strategic Plan for ending homelessness that aligns with the federal USICH created by President Barack Obama in 2010. The HICH is spearheading changes to the homeless services system, which will more efficiently target resources to the most vulnerable throughout the State. The following link delivers much more information on the initiatives to address and end homelessness: http://governor.hawaii.gov/homelessness/
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD)
The Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) seeks to develop viable communities by promoting integrated approaches that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons. The primary means towards this end is the development of partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector, including for-profit and non-profit organizations. CPD seeks to empower local residents by helping to give them a voice in the future of their neighborhoods; stimulate the creation of community based organizations; and enhance the management skills of existing organizations so they can achieve greater production capacity. Housing and community development are not viewed as separate programs, but rather as among the myriad elements that make up a comprehensive vision of community development. These groups are at the heart of a bottom-up housing and community development strategy. The following link outlines the role of HUD in Hawaii and provides information on the many programs receiving HUD assistance. http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/states/hawaii
Aloha United Way (AUW)
Aloha United Way (AUW) partners with PIC on key initiatives and assists in addressing many of the community’s most pressing needs. AUW is an important piece in disseminating information to many of the nonprofit organizations that comprise PIC and also funds personnel that assist in effecting change within the community.
Additionally, AUW provides venues for PIC committee meetings and administers a 2-1-1 toll-free help hotline for anyone in Hawaii in need of assistance. The ensuing link provides information on AUW: https://www.auw.org/
The nonprofit agency guide link below provides a comprehensive listing of nonprofits throughout Hawaii. Many of the agencies comprising PIC are listed; the guide also provides contact information as well as a link to the organization’s website: https://www.auw.org/what-we-do/partner-agencies/