County awards $500,000 for rental assistance

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Police Department, in partnership with the Kaua‘i County Housing Agency, awarded Women In Need a grant of $500,000 to provide housing support to houseless individuals and families.

The Hilina‘i Kaua‘i Housing Program will provide housing vouchers to eligible houseless individuals and families. Vouchers will last for one year. The program will serve a minimum of 15 households.

“Women In Need is excited to partner with KPD and the County of Kaua‘i to aid our houseless population with finances to secure safe housing,” said Kimberly Cummings, WIN Kaua‘i program director. “Every person deserves a home.”

The program’s purpose is to help individuals and families who are houseless and have an income level under 80% of the area median income as determined by the federal government.

WIN will use an established waitlist to identify qualified recipients. This waitlist was created through KCHA’s Tenant-Based Rental Assistance voucher program and outreach to the five county beach parks that participated in the temporary Shelter-In-Place program. Recipients will have participated in the Shelter-In-Place program at one time or another.

“I want to thank the mayor and the County Council for providing KPD with the funding necessary to assist our houseless community,” said KPD Chief Todd G. Raybuck. “We are also grateful for our partnership with KCHA, which gave us the opportunity to provide financial support to families through Women In Need.”

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