IHS to operate city’s modular housing on Sand Island

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The city’s new transitional modular housing center on Sand Island will be operated by Institute for Human Services, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Thursday.

The largest homeless service provider on Oahu will be responsible for the operation and management of Hale Mauliola, as well as the coordination of case management, supportive services, and housing and shelter referrals.

It is also partnering with Helping Hands Hawaii to assist with clients’ transition into permanent housing.

“Hale Mauliola is a new model for Oahu that is economical, community-focused and goes beyond a traditional emergency or transitional shelter,” said IHS executive director Connie Mitchell. “IHS case managers will help clients achieve a higher sense of values, learn proper lifestyles and work together to sustain their lives through employment and healthcare.”

IHS was awarded the $850,000 contract to run the facility for one year. It expects to serve approximately 250 homeless persons during that year.

The facility, which has yet to be built, will consist of modular housing, modular office space and hygiene facilities, plus 24-hour security and staffing.

“Hale Mauliola will provide a new start for many of our homeless residents as well as offer a new approach to addressing homelessness on Oahu,” Caldwell said.

The city modified the original plan, announced last month, based on community feedback. While the original proposal called for only single-person units, new plans include 39 one- and 24 two-person units to accommodate homeless couples, which means the facility will be able to house 87 people at any given time.

Only adults will be allowed at first, but the city says it will consider including children later in the pilot project.

The city will begin site work next week to install fencing and remove kiawe trees, shrubs and trash. A request for proposals for a contractor to install the units closes on July 8.

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