Preventing families from becoming homeless in the first place through rental assistance and eviction prevention.
With more than half of Hawaiʻi's households unable to afford their basic needs, the threat of crisis looms closely for too many families. Preventing families from spiraling into homelessness is an essential part of the Family Promise mission.
We provide a variety of strategies to ensure the people we serve do not fall into the cycle of housing instability that can devastate families and alter the course of children’s lives. Prevention is the rapid response first step to stabilize housing for those who are on the brink of becoming homeless.
Though prevention funds and services aren’t as well known as our shelter program, they keep people in our community from becoming homeless, decreasing the need for shelter and provide a lower cost way to help end homelessness. Although our shelter program already operates at about 1/3 of the cost of traditional shelters, prevention still costs significantly less than that. In fact, the average cost of stabilizing housing for one family, keeping them from becoming homeless, is only $700. That’s 95% less than the average cost of one family’s stay in a traditional emergency shelter. Despite our lower shelter costs, prevention is still 88% less expensive than what it would cost for the same family’s stay in our shelter program.
Eligible program participants must have an eviction notice. The program provides short-term financial assistance to stabilize families facing a short-term financial crisis. All program participants are required to engage in case management services and financial literacy education. Mahalo to community donors, the Emergency Solutions Grant, and Help Us Move In for funding this initiative.
COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Fund
Eligible program participants must demonstrate financial need as well as loss or reduction in employment due to COVID-19. The program provides short-term financial assistance to stabilize families facing a financial crisis due to the current pandemic. Mahalo to community donors, the Weinberg Foundation, the Healy Foundation, Women's Fund of Hawaii, and American Savings Bank for funding this initiative.