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Sacred Heart Community Affordable Housing Project Brings Hope to Hawaii Island Kūpuna

HPM Building Supply has partnered with HOPE Services Hawai‘i on the Sacred Heart Community Affordable Housing Project to change the lives of homeless kūpuna for the better.

The project is the first affordable rental housing development dedicated to homeless kūpuna, aged 62 and older, in Hawaii Island’s Puna district. We are proud to work together with HOPE Services and other Hawaii organizations who share our respect for kūpuna and are taking responsibility for their well-being.

 

HopeServices1A HalePlus home is lifted and placed onto its foundation.

 

12 HalePlus studio homes have been installed on the development site in Pahoa next to the Sacred Heart Shelter, the micro-shelter village constructed to house evacuees displaced by the 2018 lower Puna volcanic eruptions. Those micro-shelters are what inspired our HalePlus program—providing smaller, affordable homes to meet Hawaii’s housing needs. According to recent reports, the number of homeless on Hawaii Island increased 5% from last year, and at HPM, we are committed to doing our part to reverse that trend.

 

Each 480-square-foot studio has its own kitchen and bathroom. We built the homes with ADA compliance and ADA accessibility in mind for the seniors’ safety, including features like ramps to accommodate mobility challenges. The project also includes a resource office where residents can connect to services for seniors, such as transportation and meals. The homes will be provided as long-term rentals, with 30% of a kūpuna’s income going toward rent and the remainder subsidized.

 

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HopeServices4A look at a HalePlus studio's kitchen and bathroom before the furnishings arrive.

To ensure this project was attainable for HOPE Services, HPM provided the housing units and resource office structure at a reduced cost.

Bringing this project to life also took the collaboration of many more partners and donors.

 

Building and Engineering Partners

HOPE Services Hawai‘i led this project with assistance from the following building and engineering partners:


 

Funders

The following funders donated $2.2 million toward the cost of the property, site work, and construction and installation of the 12 units and service center:


 

Community Partners - HOPE Home Design Contest Participants and Supporters

HOPE Services launched the HOPE Home Design Contest, in which the following community volunteers and participants furnished and decorated one to two units. Photos of the furnished units were posted online on HOPE Services’ Facebook and Instagram, and the community was invited to vote for their favorites.

 
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XL Flooring being installed in a HalePlus studio.
 
The Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project has been an incredible effort to be a part of, and we look forward to its completion and working on future undertakings for our community’s benefit. If you’re interested in contributing to HOPE Services’ mission, you can volunteer or donate. Also, subscribe to our email list and follow us on social media to keep up with our community initiatives.

 

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