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IHS offers renewed hope for homeless in Waikiki

  • PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA ON JUNE 19,
    20150619-8867 BSN IHS The Institute for Human Services has now gotten 62 percent of the 226 homeless residents that they are serving in Waikiki sheltered. Since November, the homeless service provider, which runs the largest shelter in the state and has the city Housing First contract, has moved 62 people from the streets of Waikiki and into the shelter. IHS also has housed 28 people and sent 51 back home to their states of origin. With $500,000 in support from the Hawaii for Hawaii concert and the visitor industry charity walk, IHS has funded this expanded outreach through the end of the year. Although a recent UH study said sit-law criminalizes homeless people, IHS said in Waikiki the measure works. Ricko Henry and his wife Niniech Ham, from Chuuk have gotten off the streets and into IHS. This is Ricko Henry (left) and Nate Ortiz (who is an agriculture specialist who is in charge of IHS's aquaponics garden on the rooftop) on top of the IHS rooftop showing Ricko Henry tending the Thai basil (they are picking the flowers off the plants as flowers are wasted energy). Ricko works for IHS to pay for his expenses at IHS. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. JUNE 19, 2015.
  • PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA ON JUNE 19,
    20150619-8798 BSN IHS The Institute for Human Services has now gotten 62 percent of the 226 homeless residents that they are serving in Waikiki sheltered. Since November, the homeless service provider, which runs the largest shelter in the state and has the city Housing First contract, has moved 62 people from the streets of Waikiki and into the shelter. IHS also has housed 28 people and sent 51 back home to their states of origin. With $500,000 in support from the Hawaii for Hawaii concert and the visitor industry charity walk, IHS has funded this expanded outreach through the end of the year. Although a recent UH study said sit-law criminalizes homeless people, IHS said in Waikiki the measure works. Ricko Henry and his wife Niniech Ham, from Chuuk have gotten off the streets and into IHS. This is Ricko Henry (left) talking with Efta Ichita who is acting as a translator at IHS. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. JUNE 19, 2015.
  • JAMM AQUINO
    CTY - People sleep on the grass near the Waikiki pavilion along Kalakaua Avenue on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in Honolulu. Waikiki businessman Mark Howard is so fed up with the homeless takeover that occurs each night at the Waikiki beach pavilions three and four that he's set up a daily word press blog and YouTube sight documenting their antics. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

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