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The City and County of Honolulu will soon release a Request for Interest and Proposals regarding homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing. In conjunction with the Request for Interest and Proposals, the City is holding an informational briefing tomorrow (Wednesday, April 1, 2009) at 1:00 p.m. at McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Park.


“With our limited resources, the City is working hard to alleviate homelessness in this sour economy,” Mayor Hannemann said. “I’m grateful that President Obama and Congress have provided additional funding for these efforts.”


The City has been designated to receive $4,016,074 in federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to provide temporary financial assistance and services to either prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless or to help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized.


The Request for Information and Proposals will be posted on the Purchasing Division website at  Nonprofit organizations that are able to meet the minimum qualifications will have 7 calendar days to respond to the request. The purpose of this briefing is to respond to any questions organizations may have on the intent of these funds and the City’s priorities in utilizing these funds.


Based on HUD’s recently published program rules, which can be found at, the City will be seeking proposals to fund the following activities: 


1)          temporary financial assistance – includes short- and medium-term rental assistance, security deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance, and motel and hotel vouchers; and


2)          housing relocation and stabilization services – includes case management, outreach, housing search and placement, legal services, and credit repair.


Interested applicants are highly encouraged to attend this informational briefing. Potential applicants should note that the deadline published in the Request for Information and Proposals will be strictly adhered to. Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants seeking more information may contact Holly Kawano at 768-3930 or Gail Kaito at 768-7748.





Media contact: Department of Community Services Director Debbie Kim Morikawa, 768-7760