Affordable senior housing is moving to Pāhoa

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Modular house installation in the Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project in Pahoa, December 27, 2021 (Courtesy of HOPE Services)

(BIVN) – Modular units are being relocated to a permanent location in Pāhoa as part of the Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project.

According to HOPE Services, the units built at the Ke’eau HPM factory will “provide permanently affordable housing and support services to seniors homeless in our community”.

In a press release earlier this week, HOPE Services announced that 6 of the 12 houses have already moved to Pāhoa. The remaining six houses should arrive on site by the end of this week.

From HOPE services:

The project is funded by donors who have provided $ 2.2 million to purchase the property, build, and build and install the dozen units and the service center. “We are grateful to our partners and donors who worked hard to make this project a reality,” said Brandee Menino, CEO of HOPE Services. “It took us many years and we can’t wait to see our home in Kūpuna.”

Before the seniors move in, the homes are set up by volunteers and community members who have signed up for the HOPE Home Design Contest, which invites the public to view photos and vote online for their favorite designs. Participants 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 Hawaii Mayor’s Office, Sidney Fuke Planning Consultant, Creative Arts / Aloha Grown, Eastern Hawai’i Catholic Vicariate, Hawaiian Electric Industries Foundation (HEI), Huaka Body and Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC).

Kimo Alameda, Bay Clinic CEO, said, “We are excited to be working with HOPE Services to create a home for a kupuna in our community.”

Crews move the modular units on site, December 27, 2021 (Courtesy of HOPE Services)

In the press release, HOPE services thanked the following partners and donors of this project:

Partner:

  • Project manager: Hawaii Island Community Development Corporation
  • Civil Engineer: EPI – Engineering Partners, Inc.
  • Licensed Contractor: Ludwig Construction, Inc.
  • Supplier: HPM Building Supply
  • Government Partner: County of Hawaii

Funders:

  • Interfaith communities in action
  • Roman Catholic Church in the state of Hawaii
  • Hawaii Community Foundation
  • Friends of Hawaii’s Charities
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • Atherton Family Foundation
  • Hawaiian Electric Industries Charity Foundation
  • Big Island candies
  • Anonymous donor

HOPE Services Hawaiʻi is an affiliated non-profit organization of the Roman Catholic Church in the state of Hawaii that “provides home-related services, including contacting, emergency shelter and affordable housing, to make homelessness on the island of Hawaii rare, short and one-time.”

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