By Big Island Now | December 29, 2021, 2:00 PM HST * Updated December 29, 1:06 PM
Six of HOPE Services’ permanent affordable housing units for homeless seniors were recently moved to their new home in Pāhoa.
The units, which were constructed at HPM’s Ke‘eau factory, will comprise the Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project, which will also offer supportive services. The remaining six homes are scheduled to arrive at the site by the end of this week.
“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.”
The project is being funded by donors, who provided $2.2 million for the purchase of the property, site work and construction and installation costs for the dozen units and service center.
Before seniors move in, the homes will be furnished by volunteers and community members who signed up for the HOPE Home Design Contest. The public is invited to view photos and vote for their favorite designsonline.
Contestants and supporters include Bay Clinic, HMSA, HFS Federal Credit Union, Hawai’i Community Federal Credit Union, Target, Keaukaha Pana‘ewa Farmer’s Association, Hawai‘i County Mayor’s Office, Sidney Fuke Planning Consultant, Creative Arts/Aloha Grown, East Hawai‘i Catholic Vicariate, Hawaiian Electric Industries Foundation, Huaka Body and Big Island Substance Abuse Council.
To keep up to date on the project, follow HOPE Services onFacebook andInstagram(@hopeserviceshawaii).
To support the project, you can make a donationonline.