Helping Hands Hawaii (HHH), in partnership with Catholic Charities Hawaii (CCH), and as funded by the Hawaii Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is implementing the Hawaii Pathways Project (HPP).
The HPP is a Housing First project specifically focused on providing permanent supportive housing to chronically homeless individuals struggling with substance use or substance use w/mental illness. The model believes in providing housing first, then implementing wrap-around treatment and life skill services necessary to help these individuals stabilize, improve quality of life, and maintain housing. These are some of the highest risk individuals living on the streets of Oahu, and are often the ones who frequent hospital emergency rooms, public safety facilities, and treatment facilities.
This project has four goals:
Goal 1: Individuals served will live in sustainable, permanent housing.
Goal 2: Individuals will be assisted with accessing/enrolling into public and healthcare benefits.
Goal 3: The project will provide community-based and evidence-based treatment for substance use and psychiatric disorders that is client driven and recovery oriented.
Goal 4: The project will provide a range of recovery services and supports including peer navigation and peer support.
The funds for the housing come from a number of different sources including Hawaii’s State Housing First Program, the City & County of Honolulu’s Housing First Program, and the Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program (formerly Supportive Housing and Shelter Plus Care).
Landlords also play a critical role in the ability to find scattered-site units for these individuals. Possible landlord benefits include: (1) Guaranteed on-time rent payments; (2) 24/7 on-call support; (3) Assistance with damage exceeding deposit amount; (4) No break in payment between tenants; and (5) Receive payment for early exit fees.
For more information on the Pathways Housing First model click here.
If you are a landlord and have a possible unit to rent or if you know of someone who might be eligible for the program, please contact the Pathways Office at 527-4840. If you are a donor that would like to assist with items that these individuals need upon move in to units – see the Hawaii Pathways Project – Request for Support for information on how you can help. If you would like more information on other ways to donate or volunteer in support of this project, please contact our CEO, Jan Harada, at 536-7234 and she can assist you.