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New permanent housing facility for single homeless adults in Oʻahu

Noe Tanigawa

There will be a new permanent housing facility for single homeless adults opening later this fall on Oʻahu.

It’s the latest in the state’s ʻOhana Zones project — a pilot program that aims to increase access to permanent housing for those experiencing homelessness in Hawaiʻi by June 2023.

The state legislature appropriated $32 million to fund ʻOhana Zones in 2018.

The new permanent housing project — Kamaʻokū Kauhale — is being built at Kalaeloa, or Barbers Point, on land owned by the Hawaiʻi Public Housing Authority, and leased to U.S. Vets.

There will be 37 tiny home units, and a communal area with bathroom and kitchen facilities. ʻOhana Zone funds will be used for rental subsidies and operating costs.

The next ʻOhana Zones project will be an emergency shelter launch in 2022 in West Hawaiʻi.

Since its creation in 2018, more than 1,100 individuals have been placed into permanent housing through the ʻOhana Zones program.

Zoe Dym was a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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