On any given night, 500 veterans in Hawaii are homeless. Through a new program available at U.S.VETS – Barbers Point called Housing First, that number will be reduced. Through Housing First, homeless veterans can move directly into their own unit, rather than going through a transitional housing program. While not the best solution for every homeless veteran, Housing First can be ideally suited for those who are ready for more independent living.
Through a partnership with Waikiki Health Center, U.S.VETS is able to provide Housing First to homeless veterans who are ready for a more independent housing option. The program is a departure from the U.S.VETS transitional housing program, but residents in Housing First will still be provided wraparound services to ensure they get the help they need to live independently. The program is less structured than transitional housing, without losing key support services to help veterans get back on their feet.