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NEWS RELEASE
                            Public Communications Division
                            Department of Customer Services
                            City & County of Honolulu
                            523-4385

                                                                                                                      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 18, 2001

Mayor Harris Announces Grants to Assist the Homeless 

Mayor Jeremy Harris announced that the City has successfully obtained $4,738,573 to support agencies assisting the homeless from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through its Continuum of Care programs. 

The Continuum of Care programs are intended to help communities build an integrated, coordinated system of homeless assistance.  The Continuum of Care funds secured through the City’s application will be used to support four programs serving the homeless: 

·          Streets to Home, a program of the Kalihi-Palama Health Center, which provides permanent supportive housing and supportive services for persons with serious mental illness, substance abuse issues, are dually diagnosed, or have other disabilities.  Funding award: $1,994,280.

·          Safe Haven, a program sponsored by Mental Health Kokua, which provides outreach, transitional shelter, and supportive services to the homeless mentally ill.  Funding award:  $1,740,547.

·          Domestic Violence Residential Program, sponsored by Child and Family Service, provides shelter and supportive services to homeless families with children and individuals who are fleeing domestic violence.  Funding award: $370,410.

·          New Beginnings, a program of the Kalihi-Palama Health Center, which provides permanent supportive housing and supportive services to homeless persons with serious mental illness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse issues, are dually diagnosed, or have other disabilities.  Funding award: $633,336. 

“As we enter the holiday season, we must remember that there are families and individuals in our community without a home, a decent meal, a place to lay their head at night, or the means to provide for their themselves,” said Mayor Harris “We congratulate the agencies who have received funding through the City’s Continuum of Care application for their hard work and dedication in assisting Honolulu’s homeless.”

The City’s Continuum of Care application was prepared and submitted by the Community-Based Development Division of the Department of Community Services.  

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Wednesday, February 27, 2002

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