HCAP Weekly July 2, 2018

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Kumuhonua Resident Obtains Section 8 Housing Assistance
Leahi District Service Center Collaborates with HCAP Head Start
SCSEP Hosts Individual Development Plan Workshop
HCAP 2018 Community Survey Closes on Tuesday, July 31st
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2018-2019 School Year


Kumuhonua Resident Obtains Section 8 Housing Assistance

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Following a referral from the Institute of Human Services (IHS), Calvin entered the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center in March 2017. Before his move to Kumuhonua, Calvin had been living in the homeless encampments at Ala Moana Beach Park. After years of battling personal demons, Calvin was focused on keeping himself out of trouble and making a clean start. While residing at Kumuhonua, Calvin was able to obtain valuable life skills such as budgeting, applying for affordable housing, and opening and building a savings account.

A few months after applying for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, the Hawaii Public Housing Authority called Calvin to inform him of an opening for Section 8. Calvin happily accepted the Section 8 offer. Although he felt blessed for all the support he had received at Kumuhonua, it was time to move on. Calvin was able to save enough money to secure permanent housing. Last month, Calvin successfully exited the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center. The Kumuhonua staff wishes him best of luck in all of his future endeavors.


Leahi District Service Center Collaborates with HCAP Head Start

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Since clients are only able to apply for energy credit through Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in June, HCAP received a high volume of LIHEAP applications from clients. During that time, the Leahi District Service Center had partners such as HCAP’s very own HCAP Head Start come speak to the clients about the services they provide. HCAP Head Start Family Advocates spoke to prospective LIHEAP applicants in Palolo about the resources and services provided to Head Start children and their families.

Many of HCAP’s clients have benefited from the variety of wraparound services offered by HCAP. For instance, Chelsea, who applied for LIHEAP assistance in June, is a Head Start parent and a sole breadwinner for her household of six. HCAP is happy to provide Chelsea with the wraparound services and support she needs to support her family.


SCSEP Hosts Individual Development Plan Workshop

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The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) recently hosted an Individual Development Plan (IDP) workshop at the HCAP Corporate Office. As part of case management, SCSEP counselors are required to update every SCSEP participant’s development plan to ensure that each individual understands the program objectives and will actively work towards transitioning into unsubsidized employment.

These workshops are held once per quarter and each individual is required to update their IDP twice per year. The SCSEP Employment Counselor and the SCSEP enrollee work together to build a sound plan; the goal is that the IDP will help the participant address any barriers to employment. SCSEP staff also uses the workshop as an opportunity to provide employment skills training to current enrollees.


HCAP 2018 Community Survey Closes on Tuesday, July 31st

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The Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. has created the 2018 Community Survey and is asking for community participation. This survey will allow HCAP to collect qualitative and quantitative data to use in producing our Community Needs Assessment (CNA).

The CNA presents data specifically on the needs and characteristics of low-income individuals and families in our agency’s service area, the City and County of Honolulu, which includes the entire island of Oahu. Once collected, the data is analyzed to determine significant areas of need, identify any potential gaps in HCAP’s programs and services, and to develop goals and objectives accordingly.

The survey is currently available online and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete; participants will remain completely anonymous. We welcome everyone to participate in the survey, which will be available online until July 31st at 4:30pm.

To access the 2018 Community Survey, please click here.


HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2018-2019 School Year

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Are you or someone you know in need of comprehensive early childhood education? Spread the word! HCAP Head Start is now accepting applications for children 3-5 years for the 2018-2019 school year. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website.