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IHS, The Institute For Human Services, Inc

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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters

Mission: IHS, The Institute for Human Services, Inc., is a comprehensive social services agency working to prevent and end homelessness in Hawaii. We are a 501(C)3 – a private, non-profit organization, that is solution oriented and positive outcome-driven. Our mission is to provide “respite for those who are unsheltered and solutions that transform the lives of homeless and at-risk people.” Our vision is ”a community where everyone has a right to, and responsibility for safe, decent, and affordable housing.”

Results: In FY2012, we served over 5,000 people in at least one or more programs, helped prevent homelessness for 401 households (1,232 individuals) and assisted 516 households move from homelessness into stable housing (779 individuals).

Programs: While IHS is known for providing emergency shelter and food to the homeless and those most in need, we do far more through our array of eight services: Emergency Shelter and Services, Case Management, Community Food Programs, Children’s Enrichment Services, Outreach, Housing Placement Services, Pre-vocational and Employment Services, Health Services

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Our housing "specialist" put us in a substandard apartment that cost $1650 per month on a $1700 per month income! The electrical was so old the place has been cited as a fire hazard and 2 refrigerators burned out from no ground in the wiring, leaving us without a refrigerator for a month and costing us over $200 in spoiled food. Paint was chipping all over the place and garbage was left outside our unit so long we had fly and maggot infestations! After 6 months and hours of trying 1) to explain how unsustainable and hazardous this living situation was to IHS and 2) trying to find an affordable place, with no help from IHS, my family, which consists of myself, my disabled husband and our 3 children are now homeless AGAIN. Thank you for NOTHING but false hope, IHS.