Summit on homelessness to equip local faith groups

Star Advertiser
By: Pat Gee
Posted on: April 8, 2017

The second annual Faith Summit on Homelessness will be held April 28-29 to encourage faith congregations to work with government and other agencies to help homeless people better their lives.

The Office of the Governor's coordinator on homelessness is sponsoring the conference in partnership with the Institute for Human Services, The Interfaith Alliance of Hawaii, and First Assembly of God. It will be held from 8 a.m. to noon both days at First Assembly of God, 3400 Moanalua Road. Registration, at 808ne.ws/faithmeetg, is $30.

April 28 is designated for faith leaders, and April 29 is for congregation members.

The Faith Summit started in 2016 as a response to faith organizations asking frequent help from IHS about getting support and other tools to address homelessness in their congregations, a news release said.

Sample workshops for congregation members include:

  • Navigating people through multiple service systems. Participants will learn how to help a person obtain housing; outreach workers and case managers will speak about basic documents and other requirements.
  • Economical housing development options. Kevin Carney of the nonprofit EAH Housing and a representative from the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice will explain how to utilize low income tax credits, housing options on church properties, such as "accessory dwelling units," and other "economical kits."

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