Emergency Shelter

Our rotational shelter program and warm hospitality is the foundation of the Family Promise model.

Temporary COVID-19 Shelter 

During the COVID-19 pandemic we are temporarily sheltering families in individual housing units across Oʻahu. Thanks to funding from the Weinberg Foundation and Hawaiʻi Community Foundation's Hawaiʻi Resilience Fund, we are able to temporarily shelter families in hotels, campsites, and underutilized facilities while our rotational shelter is suspended.

Rotational Shelter - temporarily suspended due to COVID-19

We offer hospitality to families experiencing homelessness through our innovative shelter model — using existing space like congregations and volunteers motivated by compassion. Working with community resources, we provide comprehensive and targeted services, including extensive case management, at 1/3 the cost of traditional shelter. 

And it works.

On average, 80% of the people served in the shelter program secure housing within three months. Because of the depth of services and community support, families stay housed. 

How It Works

We partner with over 30 host sites (usually congregational facilities). Families wake up at the host site and leave for the day around 7am. Parents and children then go to work and school or to one of our Family Day Centers in Honolulu or Central Oʻahu. Around 5pm our van driver picks up the families from one of our Day Centers and drives them back to the host site where they are greeted by volunteers who provide them with a meal and overnight accommodations. Families rotate to a different host site weekly. On average, families stay in the shelter program for about 70 days before they are able to move into housing.

The Family Promise model originated in 1986 in New Jersey. In 2006, the model was brought to Oʻahu. We currently operate shelter programming in Windward Oʻahu, Honolulu, and Central Oʻahu.

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