MHA Hawaii’s federal grant aid homeless women veterans

| July 20, 2012 | 0 Comments
Infographic Courtesy of U.S. Census Bureau

Infographic Courtesy of U.S. Census Bureau

Mental Health America of Hawaii
News Release

HONOLLU — The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced a grant award of $300,000 to Mental Health America of Hawaii, or MHA-Hawaii.

MHA-Hawaii is the only Hawaii agency to receive a federal grant specifically focused on women veterans. The funds will support the nonprofit’s program helping homeless women veterans secure quality jobs.

MHA-H partners with the Strategist, a Hawaii firm that specializes in designing and leading health care transformations for military populations.

The program funded by this grant, POWER Up!, supports homeless women veterans and also veterans with families to obtain jobs. It provides a comprehensive array of services that address the complex problems facing homeless women veterans.

“It is a little-known fact that women veterans are the fastest-growing segment of adults faced with homelessness,” said Marya Grambs, executive director, MHA-Hawaii. “We appreciate the third year of funding, which will be dedicated to helping this group in our community who have served our country.”

In 2010, MHA-H was one of only 26 agencies across the U.S. to be awarded funding to begin a program to help women veterans. This year, only 21 agencies were selected to receive these grants, totaling nearly $3.6 million.

“Since 2010, we’ve helped more than 300 women veterans and veterans with families in Hawaii, who experience homelessness, get jobs,” said Noe Foster, CEO, theStrategist. “It’s thrilling to see these veterans transform their lives. We meet them at one of the darkest moments in their lives. Then, we assist them to re-energize and power-up when they start a new job and move into a home of their own.”

Women veterans face challenges translating their military experience into civilian jobs. Also, one in three female veterans report they have experienced military sexual trauma.

Divorce rates for female soldiers are much higher than males.


To review MHA-Hawaii programs, seminars and other services, visit and

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