Letter for Monday, February 11, 2019

Many want to help homeless

In response to the TGI letter, “The reality of homelessness is hard to take,” submitted by Janet N. Powell.

While I empathize about your situation, I have a couple of questions. Are you or your boyfriend employed? Are you incapacitated physically or mentally in seeking employment? Which agencies or nonprofit organizations have you turned to for help?

Believe me, there are several organizations you can turn to for free clothing, blankets, tents, sleeping bags, food and hygiene items. They will help you to find employment, help you with housing, bus passes, etc.

All of these services are free to you. Because you are homeless with no permanent address you can seek help from any district in Kauai that has these services.

It sounds from your letter that you are not grateful for those hygiene products. It’s not that these organizations think you are dirty. Good hygiene helps to promote good health. If you feel you are not being helped enough, I would recommend Nana’s House in Waimea.

They provide services until you can get back on your own two feet. You’d have to register first and, if you qualify, you can receive free food, free clothing, free blankets/sleeping bags, tents (when available, as these items are donated). You can also get free utensils, pot, pans, dishes, etc. (also when available), towels, linens, etc.

Our staff will be more than happy to help you. We are situated on the Westside and are open Monday to Friday (except for holidays) from 8 to 5. Our phone number is 338-0252. Hope this information was helpful.

Rene Muraoka, Kekaha

5 Comments
  1. Emerald Sheldon Ripley February 11, 2019 7:43 am Reply

    Letter she wrote was not how you are making it sound. They even have a HUD voucher that will expire soon. There are no homes for couples with animals and HUD. It’s an epidemic on this island. Even if you are employed and have a HUD voucher and a certified companion animal. There are no homes no owners or agencies willing to rent to good people who lost there rental because of sale. No way to pay $2500 for a one bedroom. There are a lot more homeless people in that situation than you think. Rental agencies require you make 3 times the rent. If you made 3 times the rent then you would not qualify for HUD.


  2. Emerald Sheldon February 11, 2019 9:10 am Reply

    Letter she wrote was not how you are making it sound. They even have a HUD voucher that will expire soon. There are no homes for couples with animals and HUD. It’s an epidemic on this island. Even if you are employed and have a HUD voucher and a certified companion animal. There are no homes no owners or agencies willing to rent to good people who lost there rental because of sale. No way to pay $2500 for a one bedroom. There are a lot more homeless people in that situation than you think. Who work or get all the services out there for them but are still homeless because of a housing epidemic in Hawaii. Rental agencies require you make 3 times the rent. If you made 3 times the rent then you would not qualify for HUD.


  3. ruthann jones February 11, 2019 2:25 pm Reply

    unless it is a REAL service dog…how can homeless properly care for a dog? I can’t in good conscience have a dog and I am not homeless…just on a fixed income that doesn’t allow for extras,i.e. dog food, vet bills.
    And on another issue, why so many homeless seem to have affinity for pit bulls?


  4. ruthann jones February 11, 2019 2:26 pm Reply

    how can homeless properly take care of a dog?


  5. numilalocal February 11, 2019 4:05 pm Reply

    If people who move here would do some research and understand that the cost of living is really high, maybe we’d have fewer people living on the streets. For each person coming who takes social services, one less local person – who’s quite likely to have lost their home due to high rent/sale and et cetera – will be able to try and get back on their feet. I sympathize with mental ill folks and drug/alcohol addicts; the deliberately homeless who’ve moved here and don’t want to be a part of this community – except to cockaroach off the rest of us – should really look at going home.


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