On Aug. 18, Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii announced a $300,000 grant to “Partners in Care,” an advocacy alliance on Oahu that helps plan, coordinate and develops recommendations for programs and services for people experiencing homelessness. Kaiser’s grant is also part of the company’s and Community Solutions‘ “Built for Zero” initiative that aims to accelerate efforts to address the chronic homelessness among veterans within the communities that Kaiser Permanente serves.
The funding will go toward Partners In Care’s Built for Zero Veteran Landlord Engagement Program, or LEP. By creating a centralized landlord engagement and unit acquisition program, Partners In Care will bring landlords and veterans’ homeless service providers together to provide housing assistance to at least 95 veterans on Oahu. LEP follows the success of a similar Partners In Care program that increased the number of housing units available to individuals and families experiencing homelessness by providing landlords with damage mitigation and flexible funds for incidentals and housing services.
Through ongoing monthly reporting and access to quality real-time data, Partners In Care will demonstrate outreach progress and increase the number of landlords signed up as partners, working with homeless service providers to secure and maintain housing for veterans throughout the 12-month grant period.
“Studies have shown that it’s nearly impossible to maintain one’s health without a safe and stable place to live,” said Greg Christian, Hawaii Market president, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. “We applaud Partners In Care’s steadfast commitment to tackling Hawaii’s homeless crisis and are humbled to help support their efforts in taking care of those who have proudly served our country.”