Adapted from the Oversight Coordinator Monthly Reports for December 15th, 2022:
GHH leadership met with Hawaii Correctional System Oversight Commission Chair Mark Patterson, Commission Member Theodore Sakai, and Oversight Coordinator Christin Johnson on October 12th, 2022, to discuss concerns regarding justice-involved homeless individuals, specifically within the jail and prison system. Since 2004, the Hawai`i Island Going Home Consortium has been leading efforts to provide innovative and culturally responsive reentry and reintegration services to justice-involved individuals, their families, and communities.
GHH has taken the initiative to develop a strategy for intergovernmental collaboration meetings leading up to a Reentry Housing Summit in April 2023. The Coordinator and Commission will be an active part in the intergovernmental collaboration and staff will attend the Reentry Housing Summit.
Full December 2022 Report.
The Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness convenes monthly webinar sessions on topics related to homelessness and behavioral health, including topics specific to providing these services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The monthly webinars are an extension of the Behavioral Health and Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group (BHHSURG). For more information about the monthly webinars, including suggestions for topics, please contact Homelessness Assistant Justin Limasa at (808) 586-0193 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The October's webinar on the topic of Institutional Reentry and Housing Needs featured GHH CEO Les Estrella, RYSE Diversion (Nemesis Nichols) and Beyond Bars Program (Tadia Rice). Webinar Recording. Presentation Materials.
Community Alliance Partners (CAP) has published their 2022 Election Questionnaire, which invited candidates running for a range of offices to respond to questions about housing and homelessness. The questionnaire was developed and facilitated by CAP, a coalition of non-profit, government, business and community stakeholders and volunteers committed to ending homelessness of Hawai`i Island.
In sharing their views on ending homelessness, several candidates cited the work of Going Home Hawai`i, in the order listed in the Election Questionnaire:
LEAD program to deal with substance abuse, homelessness and low-level crime comes to Big Island
KAILUA-KONA – Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) has come to Hawaii Island, on the heels of early successes on Oahu and Maui.
The pilot project, which received $650,000 in Ohana Zone funding from the state, launched Thursday in Kona. The Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC) will operate the pilot project along with several key partners, including HOPE Services Hawaii, Going Home Hawaii and Bridge House. -- Read the full article in West Hawaii Today--