First Hawai’i island ‘Ohana Zone project opens

Posted on Nov 27, 2019 in Capitol Connection, Featured
Mayor Kim, Brandee Menino of Hope Services and Scott Morishige with legislators Ruderman, San Buenaventura and Kahele.

Mayor Kim, Brandee Menino of Hope Services and Scott Morishige with legislators Ruderman, San Buenaventura and Kahele.

Scott Morishige with Hope Services staff.

Scott Morishige with Hope Services staff.

The site of the old Hilo Memorial Hospital will serve people once again, thanks to $2.5 million in ‘Ohana Zone funds from the state. The Keolahou shelter and assessment center offers 50 emergency beds, case management and other resources for single men — a collaboration between the state,

State coordinator Scott Morishige and Hawai'i island homelessness staff

State coordinator Scott Morishige and Hawai’i island homelessness staff

the County of Hawai‘i, HOPE Services and other community partners. The facility provides medical attention, counseling, job connections, laundry facilities, legal guidance and food. More projects to address homelessness are also in the pipeline for the county, including emergency shelters in Kona to help families and individuals, and additional housing on the second floor of Keolahou.

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