Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers Receives $95,000 Donation

Maui’s Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers, Inc., has accepted a $95,000 donation from the Kaiser Foundation to assist shelter clients who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The families in our shelters have already been hit hard financially but the COVID-19 pandemic has made living life even more challenging. This donation will be help our families to keep the safety net’s they have begun to build since being in the homeless shelter program,” said Monique Ibarra, executive director of KHAKO.

The Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi Region Community Grants Program responds to requests from organizations that provide health service and community health needs regionally throughout Hawaiʻi.

“Rebuilding a healthy community starts with creating opportunities for all our residents to thrive,” said John Yang, MD, president and medical director for the Hawaiʻi Permanente Medical Group. “We‘re humbled to partner once again with Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers to help lift up individuals and families so they can overcome economic challenges that may otherwise lead to homelessness.”

Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers have been serving the homeless community in Maui County for the past 30 years. Ka Hale A Ke Ola’s Wailuku and Lahaina locations aim to provide a safe and secure emergency shelter with nutritional meals served onsite, and a Rental Assistance Program for the community.

As many as 1,200 individuals on Maui receive shelter assistance each year.

Additionally, Ka Hale A Ke Ola coordinates a comprehensive range of programs and services aimed at empowering individuals and families to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community. All emergency shelter participants receive comprehensive housing first case management services geared to obtaining and maintaining permanent housing.

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