Kauai County Housing Agency (KCHA) Homeless Support

During the 2020 Point In Time count (2020 Kauai County Point in Time Count Topline Report), 424 individuals were identified as homeless, 65 of which were keiki. While KCHA’s Housing and Community Development (HCD) Division develops affordable housing, the KCHA’s voucher programs and supportive housing project offer assistance to the homeless. KCHA relies on local non-profits to provide services such as shelter, legal assistance, mental health care, substance treatment and other assistance.


CONTACTS

General Hotline:
Aloha United Way 2-1-1

Mental Health Hotline:
Hawaii CARES 800-753-6879

Domestic Violence Shelter:
YWCA 245-6362

Emergency Shelter:
KEO 245-4077

Veteran's Shelter:
U.S. Vets Veteran's Shelter
476-0645

For those currently experiencing homelessness & interested in housing programs, please contact Homeless Street Outreach:

Family Life Center: 212-0850

KEO: 245-4077

For those 60+, please contact Agency on Elderly Affairs at 241-4470 to find out if you qualify for their services.

Listing of Service Providers and Other Agencies:
KAUAI RESOURCE CARD

RESOURCES

HCV (Housing Choice Vouchers):  The HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly the Section 8 Program) is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. For more information, please visit the Housing Agency’s webpage on Section 8 Rental Assistance.

 

TBRA (Tenant-Based Rental Assistance): TBRA is similar to the HCV program mentioned above. TBRA vouchers are only issued for two years and prioritizes those who are actively homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Those interested in applying to TBRA are encouraged to contact housing/shelter non-profits listed on the KAUAI RESOURCE CARD, such as:

•          Catholic Charities Hawaii

•          Family Life Center

•          Kauai Economic Opportunity

•          US Vets

•          Women In Need (WIN)

•          YWCA

           

VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing): The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs), community-based outreach clinics (CBOCs), through VA contractors, or through other VA designated entities. 

On Kaua‘i please contact Todd Gordon at the Līhu‘e VA Clinic at:

Phone: 808-246-0497 or Email: todd.gordon3@va.gov

Location: 4485 Pahe'e Street, Suite 150, Lihue, HI 96766-2018

 

Kealaula on Pua Loke:

In partnership with the State of Hawaii, the Kauai County Housing Agency opened Kealaula on Pua Loke in November 2020. This project offers permanent supportive housing with on-site case management provided by Women In Need (WIN). For more information on this project, click here (link: https://homelessness.hawaii.gov/kealaula-on-pua-loke/).

 Kealaula is currently at full occupancy. To inquire about waitlist availability, please contact Kealaula Housing Director, Sharon Graham of Women In Need at 855-5360 or sharon.winkauai@gmail.com.

 

Kaua’i Community Alliance (KCA):

About: KCA is recognized by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the primary group in Kauai County serving the homeless. Members include key non-profit agencies (Catholic Charities Hawaii, Family Life Center, Kauai Economic Opportunity, YWCA, US Vets, Women in Need, Malama Pono, the Kauai County Housing Agency and others) serving the homeless and advocating for affordable housing. KCA members also include individuals who are or were homeless, businesses, faith-based groups and others.

Connect with them via Facebook. (Link: https://www.facebook.com/KauaiCommunityAlliance)

 

Bridging The Gap (BTG): The Hawaii balance-of-state Continuum of Care (CoC) is known as Bridging the Gap (BTG). BTG is a geographically based group of relevant stakeholder representatives that carries out the operating and planning responsibilities of the CoC program. To find further data on Kaua’i’s homeless, please visit btghawaii.org.

 

Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness (GCH):  The Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness is the point person for all homeless issues in the state as part of the Hawai’i Department of Human Services. This position also serves as the Chair of the Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness. To learn more about homelessness across the state, please visit homelessness.hawaii.gov.

Project HiEHiE Hygiene Trailer Blessing at Salt Pond Beach Park, April 9, 2021

Blessing held Friday April 9th for mobile hygiene trailer

 

LĪHUʻE – Project Vision Hawaiʻi, in partnership with the County of Kauaʻi Housing Agency, held a blessing ceremony Friday, for a mobile hygiene trailer that will offer free hot showers for individuals experiencing homelessness on Kauaʻi.

For the full press release click here: Blessing held Friday for mobile hygiene trailer 4-12-2021

 

photo of Grace Meek placing a lei on Bob Wardlaw

Project Vision Hawaii staff Grace Meek and Bob Wardlaw

 

photo of people at the blessing ceremony

HiEHiE mobile hygiene trailer blessing ceremony at Salt Pond beach park April 9, 2021.

 

photo of Project Vision Hawaii staff members

Project Vision Hawaii staff members in front of the HiEHiE mobile hygiene trailer - April 9, 2021.

 

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Kauai County Housing Agency staff members Kerrilyn Barros, CDBG Grant Coordinator and Ashton Varner Homeless Support Program Coordinator.