Affordable Housing and Homeless Alliance
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2012
Homelessness has become a cancerous disease that has eaten away at the very core of America. Even more discouraging is that there is not one identifiable source that can be attributed to be the cause of homelessness. The complexities that lie at the root of an individual's homelessness are generally due to a multitude of factors that cut across economic, social, and political lines. Every community and
American citizen is impacted by the homelessness problem to some degree. No state is immune. In Hawaii alone, nearly 14,200 people experienced homelessness between July 2010 and June 2011. Thirty six AmeriCorps volunteers, as well as and expected forty five leveraged volunteers, from diverse communities and economic status will provide client advocate services to persons who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless throughout Windward, Central and the North Shore of Oahu. Staring on October 1, 2012 and continuing through September 30, 2013, our clients will work with our AmeriCorps volunteers to navigate the road to housing success and economic stability. With the CNCS investment of $439,000 an additional $275,000 will be leveraged from the community to focus on the CNS focus area of Economic Opportunity.