West Hawai‘i Emergency Housing Facility, Island of Hawai‘i

Currently under development, this project is one facet of the County’s response to the increasing problem of homelessness in West Hawai‘i. The Office of Social Ministries currently operates a one-stop center offering services to the homeless, including showers, laundry facilities and counseling. The proposed project would expand these services to construct a 32-bed dormitory style facility, separated into female and male wings, with programs to aid single adult homeless males and females. The facility will include lockers, two bathrooms (male and female) with 3 toilets and 3 showers, a laundry facility, a common room, and a Resident Manager office. The project would take place on a 2-acre County property on Pawai Place in Kailua’s Old Industrial Area, which formerly served as a wastewater treatment baseyard. Geometrician is preparing a joint State-federal EA for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the County’s Office of Housing and Community Development.

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