Star-Adv 7/28/16: Modular Housing Project for Wai’anae Working Homeless and Homeless Families with Children

Excerpts from Jayna Omaye’s “City Site to Offer Housing for the Homeless” (Star-Advertiser, July 28, 2016). Read the full article on the Star-Advertiser site.

This is a rendering of a one-bedroom modular housing unit for the homeless that the city plans to erect on a Waianae property.

Rendering of a one-bedroom modular housing unit.

A rendering of a two-bedroom modular housing unit for the homeless that the city plans to install on a Waianae property. Courtesy of the city

Rendering of a two-bedroom modular housing unit.

City officials are moving forward with a modular housing project in Waianae geared toward working homeless and homeless families with children. Crews started surveying the 7,500-square-foot, city-owned lot Monday and could start construction as soon as Friday.

The city has contracted with Hawaii Modular to build three modular housing or compact units on a Halona Road property that the city has owned since 1990 and was once used for recovering substance abusers.

The units, to be equipped with kitchen and bathroom facilities, will cost about $109,000 each. Officials expect work to be completed in September and for tenants to move in during October.

Plans call for a one-bedroom unit compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and two two-bedroom units measuring about 500 square feet each, along with some open space. The city had initially said the units would cost about $35,000 to $50,000 each, but officials found after looking at different options that the chosen contract “provided a very quality and complete unit and is reflected in the price,” said Sandra Pfund, chief of the city Office of Strategic Development. Site work, contracted with Ideal Construction Inc. will cost about $425,000, according to the city.

That work will include clearing overgrowth, removing asbestos from the existing dilapidated seven-bedroom structure, and eventually demolishing it.

The project is not an emergency or transitional shelter but will relocate homeless people from parks and other public areas to permanent housing, the city said. The units will be permanent, but the tenants will be temporary. City officials are also working on a request for proposals to select a service provider to manage the property, help pick tenants and provide services. Pfund said the RFP “has to be fairly given, but consideration of understanding the community will be a factor.”

Read the full article on the Star-Advertiser site.

Free Information Session About DoD Safe Helpline 8/9/16 in Kapolei – Reservation Deadline 8/5/16

Aloha Sexual Violence Prevention Community Action Team Members,

Join us Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 from 2:30-3:30pm at Building 19, 1787 Shangrila St., Kapolei HI 96707 for a FREE informational session about the DoD Safe Helpline ( Operated by RAINN ( ), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, through a contract with the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (, Safe Helpline is a groundbreaking crisis support service for members of the DoD community. The Safe Helpline is completely confidential and anonymous with services including: telephone hotline, online hotline, texting-for-info, a group chat service, and a free app. Learn more about Safe Helpline and how its services can support the survivors you work with every day.

Click here for a map with directions to the event.

Reserve your seat by sending RSVP to Haylee Watson ( by Friday, August 5, 2016.

Service providers, partners, and community members are encouraged to attend. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions. Hope to see you there

Joanne Higashi, LCSW
Sexual Violence Prevention Program
DOH, Maternal & Child Health Branch
741-A Sunset Ave, Room 203
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 733-9038

Envision…“A Hawaii where people are free from sexual violence and where sexual respect and healthy relationships flourish.”

Do You Need a New or Replacement State Photo ID?

PHOCUSED has some remaining funds available for clients who need new or replacement State Photo IDs through our AUW grant. Clients must be homeless, have completed a VI-SPDAT, and have no financial means with which to pay for a photo ID themselves. They must also have the necessary documentation (see list of acceptable documents) ready to go and be verified by a case manager or outreach worker. See the following attachments:

List of Acceptable Documents for a Hawaii State ID Card
Application for State ID Payment

Sounding Joy Music Therapy Services

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For more information, see the following:
Life Skills & FM 2-page flyer 2016
Inquiry & referral form instructions
Inquiry & referral form