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Hope Services’ Senior Affordable Housing Units Move to Pāhoa

December 31, 2021

From Hope Services Hawaiʻi

This week HOPE Services announced that six of its twelve affordable homes have been moved from HPM’s baseyard to their permanent site in Pahoa. The modular units, which were constructed at HPM’s Keʻeau factory, will comprise the Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project, which will offer permanent affordable housing and supportive services for seniors experiencing homelessness in our community. The remaining six homes are scheduled to arrive onsite by the end of this week.

The project is being funded by donors, who have provided $2.2 million for the purchase of the property, site work, and construction and installation costs for the dozen units and service center. “We are grateful to our partners and funders who stepped up to bring this project to fruition,” said HOPE Services CEO Brandee Menino. “It was many years in the making and we can’t wait to welcome our kūpuna home.”

Before seniors move in, the homes will be furnished by volunteers and community members who signed up for the “HOPE Home Design Contest,” which will invite the public to view photos, and vote for their favorite designs online. Contestants and supporters include Bay Clinic, HMSA, HFS Federal Credit Union (HFSFCU), Hawai’i Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU), Target, Keaukaha Pana’ewa Farmer’s Association, County of Hawai’i Mayor’s Office, Sidney Fuke Planning Consultant, Creative Arts/Aloha Grown, East Hawai’i Catholic Vicariate, Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) Foundation, Huaka Body, and Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC).

Kimo Alameda, CEO of Bay Clinic said, “We are excited to partner with HOPE Services to furnish a home for a kupuna in our community."

To keep up to date, follow HOPE Services on Facebook and Instagram @hopeserviceshawaii. To support the project, you can make a donation at hopeserviceshawaii.org/donate.

HOPE Services wishes to extend its gratitude to the following partners and funders of this project:

Partners:
Project Manager: Hawaiʻi Island Community Development Corporation
Civil Engineer: EPI - Engineering Partners, Inc.
Licensed Contractor: Ludwig Construction, Inc.
Supplier: HPM Building Supply
Government Partner: County of Hawaiʻi

Funders:
Interfaith Communities in Action
Roman Catholic Church in the State of Hawaiʻi
Hawaiʻi Community Foundation
Friends of Hawaii’s Charities
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Atherton Family Foundation
Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation
Big Island Candies
Anonymous Donor

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About HOPE Services Hawaiʻi

HOPE Services Hawaiʻi is an affiliate non-profit organization of the Roman Catholic Church in the State of Hawaiʻi, providing housing-focused services including outreach, emergency shelter and affordable housing in order to make homelessness on Hawaiʻi Island rare, brief and nonrecurring.  If you or someone you know have been evicted or is currently experiencing homelessness, call the HOPE helpline at 808-935-3050.