October 18, 2019

100K grant aims to improve social health in Hawaii

Kaiser Permanente awards community benefit grant to 2 nonprofits working to address root causes of homelessness.

Project Hiehie’s mobile hygiene stations.

Contact: Laura M. Lott
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HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente of Hawaii has awarded $100,000 in total grant funding to 2 local organizations striving to address health disparities, with special attention to people experiencing homelessness.

“Building a healthy community starts with creating opportunities for all our residents to thrive,” said David Tumilowicz, vice president of Public Relations, Communications, and Brand Management for Kaiser Permanente of Hawaii. “By addressing the root cause of systemic issues, such as housing availability and health disparities, we can help create solutions that improve health and wellness throughout our state.”

Hawaiian Community Assets received $50,000 to support the Hawaii Housing Affordability Coalition, a statewide effort to improve housing affordability by 2025. HCA aims to shape policies and build capacity within communities to build or preserve affordable homes for households earning less than $75,000 annually. The coalition will include businesses, unions, public officials, nonprofits, health providers, financial institutions, builders, homeowners, renters, and people experiencing homelessness.

Project Vision received $50,000 to continue Project Hiehie, which provides showers and other resources to people experiencing homelessness. Project Hiehie’s mobile hygiene stations provided showers to more than 650 individuals in 2018. Participants visiting hygiene stations also can gain access to onsite vision and health screenings, referrals, and basic necessities, such as dental care supplies, hair care products, and hygiene products.

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