U.S. VETS selected for city’s ‘Housing First’ initiative

| May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of 8th Theater Sustaimnent Command Public Affairs Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Howell, 8th TSC Public Affairs Operations noncommissioned officer, talks with a homeless veteran on Aug. 5.

Photo by 8th Theater Sustaimnent Command Public Affairs
Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Howell, 8th TSC, talks with a homeless veteran on Aug. 5, 2015.

City and County of Honolulu
News Release

HONOLULU — Mayor Kirk Caldwell has announced (May 6) that the Department of Community Services has selected the U.S. VETS’ proposal to provide permanent supportive housing to 100 households experiencing chronic homelessness on Oahu through the Housing First model.

The city published a request for proposals (RFP), Feb. 24, to spend up to $2.2 million to provide permanent supportive housing to a minimum of 100 households (families and individuals) experiencing chronic homelessness in one year.

The Dept. of Community Services Housing First Program Increment II Selection Committee evaluated each proposal submitted in response to the RFP and selected U.S. VETS.

The City and U.S. VETS will now enter an exclusive negotiation period to finalize the terms of a contract, which is anticipated to be executed later this month.

“U.S.VETS, along with its partners, are excited to be working with the City and County of Honolulu to provide much needed permanent housing opportunities via the Housing First Increment II grant,” said U.S. VETS chief operating officer Darryl Vincent.

“It takes a collaborative effort to address and end homelessness, and U.S.VETS’ ongoing partnerships with the City and County of Honolulu, the State of Hawaii, Partners in Care, Housing ASAP and the community brings us one step closer to addressing and ending homelessness in our state,” he said. “Our job is not completed until every person in Hawaii has a home.”

U.S. VETS’ proposal included commitments from a host of partner agencies to assist in the implementation of its Housing First program, including memorandums of agreement from Kalihi-Palama Health Center, Legal Aid Services of Hawai‘i, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Center on the Family and Helping Hands Hawai‘i.


Hawaii-State-SealThe Initiative

Housing First Increment II builds on the success of the city’s existing Housing First initiative with IHS. From November 2014 to October 2015, IHS provided permanent supportive housing to 176 individuals in 115 households, including 35 children in 20 families who had been experiencing chronic homelessness.

Now, in year two of its Housing First partnership with the city, IHS is keeping those households housed and supported. With the addition of the U.S. VETS initiative, the City will serve a minimum of 215 households through Housing First.

For more information, call 768-4370.



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