Ige announces increases in shelter beds

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige announced the state Department of Human Services will award contracts to 33 homeless shelters, including Kauai Economic Opportunity on Kauai.

Funding will total $13,000,000 for 12 months. The new contracts require shelters to focus on outcome measures such as the number of people they will permanently house over the coming year.

The results of the competitive bids show a net increase in state-funded homeless shelter beds, with 3,761 for the next year versus 3,577 for last year. Additionally, the shelters are proposing to double the number of people they place in permanent housing from 3,000 to 6,200.

KEO transitional shelters is slated to receive more beds, including Manaolana and Lihue Court, which serve families, and Komohana Group Home.

“This is about more than increasing shelter beds,” said Gov. Ige. “It’s about increasing results. For the same taxpayer investment as last year, we’re doubling the number of people getting housed. We are finding better solutions, getting better efficiency, and creating better cooperation.”

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