A very incomplete guide to some of the major service organizations for the homeless on this island.
Hope Services Hawaii
Operates a variety of services for homeless, mentally ill and other “at risk” persons around the islands, including The Friendly Place in Kailua Kona (see below), as well as housing programs, prison support services, and a financial management program for mentally ill individuals,
The Friendly Place
See Hope Services, above. A “point of contact for homeless and at-risk homeless persons/families needing assistance in the West Hawaii area. Provides registered clients with mail, emergency food, emergency supplies, phone, computer and fax usage, counseling and case management. Meals, showers and laundry services are also available Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
745593 Pawai Place, Kailua-Kona
Under His Wings Ministry
New Hope Church’s Hilo food pantry and ministry for the homeless. Offers showers, free meals, fellowship.
183 Keawe St., Hilo
next to Spencer’s Gym
Hawaii County Office of Housing and Community Development
Rental subsidies through Section 8 and other programs; low cost and senior housing programs
The Food Basket, Inc.
Distributes food through dozens of soup kitchens and food pantries around the island. See Website for locations.
40 Holomua St.
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone (808) 933-6030
Fax (808) 934-0701
79-1016A East Honalo Rd
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone (808) 322-1418
Fax (808) 322-7373
Bay Clinics offer medical and dental services pro-rated according to income.
(compiled by Alan McNarie)