HCAP WEEKLY August 24, 2020

After Long Search, Family of Ten Secures Permanent Housing with the Help of HCAP’s Rapid Re-housing Team and Community Partners
Weatherization Assistance Program Client Receives Free Installation of Energy Efficient Devices
Over 500 Head Start Families Attend “Transition into Head Start” Virtual Workshop!
Hā Initiative Program Families Attend the Fall 2020 Welcome Back Night


After Long Search, Family of Ten Secures Permanent Housing with the Help of HCAP’s Rapid Re-housing Team and Community Partners

Ward and Kelly are the parents of eight children. In 2019, Ward lost his job due to health issues and Kelly was a stay-at-home mother. With no one in the family employed, finances became very difficult and the family became fearful of becoming homeless. Kelly began to look for community resources and was able to connect with Alternative Structures International (ASI). The family was able to stay at ASI’s Ohana Ola O Kahumana Shelter for almost a year before being connected with HCAP’s Rapid Re-housing Program (RRH) in April 2020. Once connected with HCAP’s RRH Program, the family began searching for permanent housing with the help of HCAP staff. The search was very challenging and there were many declined housing applications due to the family’s large household size. After many attempts to secure housing being denied, Kelly was starting to lose hope. But HCAP’s Rapid Re-housing team was determined to find the family a home to call their own. The Rapid Re-housing team reached out to the Partners In Care’s (PIC) Landlord Engagement Program and utilized Aloha United Way’s (AUW) partner resources to seek housing assistance for the family. In August 2020, the family of ten was finally able to secure permanent housing on the leeward side of the island with the help of HCAP’s Rapid Re-housing Program and PIC’s Landlord Engagement Program.

Our HCAP Rapid-Rehousing team would like to congratulate Ward, Kelly, and their children in finding a home to call their own! HCAP would also like to extend our big mahalo to the staff of Alternative Structure International and PIC’s Landlord Engagement Program for working with our team to reach a housing goal that was thought to be impossible by Kelly and her family. It is through determination and partnerships that our agency is able to change the lives of individuals and families.


 

Weatherization Assistance Program Client Receives Free Installation of Energy Efficient Devices

Photo of Rozlind WAP

Rozlind has applied for HCAP’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the past years. Therefore, she was recently contacted by one of HCAP’s Community Workers at the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center to see if she would be interested in HCAP’s Weatherization Assistance Program as well. Rozalind was surprised to learn that the Weatherization Assistance Program provided free energy efficient devices and she quickly worked with staff to see if she would qualify for the program. Program eligibility is income-based, and families with at least one household member receiving TANF or SSI benefits are encouraged to apply. Rozlind’s household qualified for the program and she received multiple energy-efficient devices that included energy-saving light bulbs, power-strips, and faucet and shower aerators. The household also qualified for several larger weatherization measures, which included an 80 gallon solar water heater, refrigerator, and window air conditioner at no cost. Rozlind was very grateful to receive these devices which will help to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy cost.

HCAP’s Weatherization Assistance Program staff are currently accepting applications for the program. Home audits and installation of devices are temporarily being put on hold due to COVID-19 safety precautions, but the program is creating a list of qualified applicants who will be contacted first when it is safe to do so. Please email hcapwap@hcapweb.org if you are interested in the program.


 

Over 500 Head Start Families Attend “Transition into Head Start” Virtual Workshop!

Each month, HCAP’s Head Start parents and keiki will have the opportunity to attend virtual workshops that provide education, resources, and a fun family engagement activity to help keiki stay engaged while at home. Last week, our Head Start Family Services Team kicked off our first virtual workshop of the school year, entitled “Transition into Head Start.”  Over 500 families participated in this workshop!  During the workshop, families and keiki were provided with an overview of what to expect with the new distance learning format and the importance of having routines. Head Start staff explained to families how these routines can help with transitions in the early learning setting, especially now that distance learning has become necessary. In preparation for the workshop, all Head Start Families received a Family Engagement Activity Packet in the mail which included an activity for parents and children to do together.  The Family Engagement Activity Packet for this workshop provided the materials for families and keiki to establish morning and nighttime routines. Families wrote down their routines on bright slips of paper and throughout the day, keiki will be instructed to use a clothespin to show their movement from one routine to the next.  The bright colors and pictures are developmentally appropriate for our amazingly smart Head Start keiki!  Our families and keiki had so much fun with this fundamental activity and our Head Start team can’t wait to see how these routines help our families stay on track and engaged while learning at home.


 

Hā Initiative Program Families Attend the Fall 2020 Welcome Back Night

Photo of STEM Family Night

This week at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program, a Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC),  staff and teachers hosted the Fall 2020 Welcome Back Night virtually. In this year’s Welcome Back Night, students and their families learned more about the upcoming program year and were invited to participate in various activities. The first activity was baking the World’s Easiest Cookie, which can be created using four simple ingredients found in most kitchens. With help from their families, student’s shaped and decorated their cookie dough with candies and decorations. The cookies were then put in the oven to bake. At the end of the night, the students showed off their ono desserts!

During the Welcome Back Night, Families and students also got to take a virtual tour of one of Hawaii’s volcanoes. The virtual tour showed the terrain leading up to the volcano, the outside of the volcano, and  a volcanic eruption from 1950. It was fascinating to watch and a great introduction to the kinds of activities students will engage in throughout the year.

Although this is the first Welcome Back Night the Hā Initiative Program has done virtually, it was a great way to welcome students back to the regular school year as well as engage with parents and families.

If you keiki is interested in joining the Hā Initiative Program, please email hcapstem@hcapweb.org.