Want to Help Kahauiki Village? Vote Now
Your votes could help win 15,000 dollars for the community for formerly homeless families.
Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino
When 30 homeless families moved in to their new homes at Kahauiki Village in April, it wasn’t the end of the story. It was the beginning of a new idea—a plantation-style village that provides not just shelter, but support, a sense of community and pride for families in need.
Now you could help win $15,000 to expand and keep the village running. Kahauiki Village is one of three urban projects up for the Strong Communities Award, given by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. The program recognizes projects that tackle economic development needs in a community. Winners will be partly decided by public votes. You can vote once every 24 hours per device through Friday, Sept. 14. Click here and scroll down the page to the Urban Projects section to vote.
Phase two of construction will begin early next year. Once completed, another 110 families will be able to move in, for a total of more than 600 residents.
Here is more about Kahauiki Village from the award website: “Families must first go through transition facilities at social service agencies like The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and the Institute of Human Services before being eligible to apply as a tenant at Kahauiki Village. Rents are $900 per month for two-bedroom units, including electricity, gas, water, internet and cable TV, and $725 per month for one-bedroom units with the same utilities included.
“Parents who don’t have other means of employment are provided jobs at United Laundry, while Y. Hata & Co. provides job training in the food and beverage industry for unemployed or underemployed people.”
Fundraising for the next phase of construction is ongoing. You can make donations through kahauiki.org.
(Disclosure: Kahauiki Village is a result of a partnership between the State of Hawai‘i, City & County of Honolulu and the aio Foundation. aio is HONOLULU’s parent company.)