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(Tuesday, July 7, 2009) -- Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the City will receive more than $1 million in federal vouchers to help provide rental housing for 100 young adults, ages 18 to 22, transitioning out of the foster care system.


“Young people who leave foster care when they reach adulthood often lack sufficient housing, educational, employment and social support systems to help them be successful,” Mayor Hannemann said. “It’s important to help ensure these young adults have every opportunity available to obtain stable housing so they can reach their full potential.”


The housing assistance totaling $1,085,328 was awarded to the City’s Department of Community Services by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through its Family Unification Program. The City applied for the funding in collaboration with the State’s Department of Human Services and Hale Kipa, a local nonprofit agency that serves Hawaii youth and families.


In addition to the rental assistance vouchers, the youth will receive education and employment training, along with medical and other support services to help them transition out of the foster care system and into successful, healthy and productive lives in our community.


HUD is providing more than 2,500 vouchers, worth nearly $20 million, in 20 states.





Gary Iwai, Community Assistance Division, Department of Community Services, 768-7062