Hale Kipa’s Department of Outreach Services
Hale Kipa’s Department of Outreach Services provides strategic outreach and builds community relationships for youth and young adults ages 10 to 27 on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island, Kaua‘i, and Moloka‘i. Services include educational support, skill building, advocacy, and case management.
- Guide on the Side, O‘ahu – Established in 2020, Guide on the Side is a HUD-funded rental voucher-based housing program for young adults ages 18 to 24. Hale Kipa created the program, in partnership with Waikiki Health and EPIC ‘Ohana, to provide consistency and stability for young adults who moved from program to program and were unable to maintain relationships with the same staff members. Each participant works with a small team including two guides and one peer mentor.
- Kalihi Juvenile Assessment Center, O‘ahu – Established in 2022, the Kalihi Juvenile Assessment Center seeks to prevent youth ages 17 and younger from becoming entangled in the juvenile justice system or requiring family court intervention as the result of a status offense or first-time misdemeanor.
- Community-Based Outreach and Advocacy, O‘ahu and Kaua‘i – This program helps youth aged 10 to 21 build positive relationships with the community and their families through educational support, skill-building, advocacy, and case management.
- Ho‘okala, O‘ahu – The Honolulu Police Department implements this program to properly care for youth ages 10 to 17 who have been arrested. The goal is to facilitate a warm, caring handoff to Hale Kipa if their legal guardians can’t be reached and help them navigate the legal system.
- Ka‘i Like, O‘ahu and Hawai`i Island – The staff of Ka‘i Like works with family court to help youth ages 12 to 17 who are involved in the juvenile justice system be the best versions of themselves. This includes connecting them to community resources, teaching them to be accountable for their behavior, and helping them comply with probation rules, remain arrest-free, develop new skills, and achieve educational goals.
- Transition and Aftercare Support Services, O‘ahu and Kaua‘i – Transition and Aftercare Support Services supports youth ages 12 to 20 who are transitioning back to the community and their families from the Hawai‘i Youth Correctional Facility. Hale Kipa assigns each client and their family a community advocate who creates an intensive, individualized, and strength-based approach focused on their needs and goals.
- Wraparound Services, O‘ahu & Moloka‘i – This program helps youth ages 12 to 21 who are in or at risk of entering the juvenile justice system, and their families, so they can live together safely and productively. Each family has a two-person team and additional parent-peer support services if needed.
- Interdependent Living, Higher Education, Imua Kākou (‘IHI), O‘ahu – ‘IHI provides case management for youth ages 13 to 27 who are in foster care or who are transitioning out of the foster care system to increase independence as well as to obtain an education, employment, and safe living arrangements. Established in 2013, it is best known for Haloa House, Step-up (Foster Youth to Independence), Imua Kākou, and Higher Education support services.
- Hāloa House, O‘ahu – Hāloa House is a residential program with a live-in advisor. Program staff help women ages 18 to 21 who were formerly in foster care or experienced homelessness by teaching them skills that allow them to get an education, employment, and safe living arrangements.
- Hale Pauahi Towers, O‘ahu – This facility includes below-market rental apartments, case management, and other support services for homeless young adults or those transitioning out of the foster care system.
- Step-Up Housing, O‘ahu – This program includes Housing Choice Vouchers for up to 36 months for youth aging out of the foster care system. Participants can rent a home in the community of their choice and pay between 30 and 40 percent of their adjusted income towards rent and utilities, with the balance paid through Section 8.
- Housing First, O‘ahu – Established in 2021, Housing First gives city and state-owned housing unit vouchers to young adults from 18 to 24. The program also includes ongoing case management to help the young adults increase their income so they can afford to take over their leases. As a new program, staff are learning to adjust to unexpected client landlord needs.
- Youth Outreach (YO!), O‘ahu – Since 1989, Hale Kipa and Waikiki Health have served hundreds of youth and young adults up to ages 22 and a half (or 24 for some street outreach efforts) through drop-in services in Waikīkī and island-wide street outreach. YO! includes case management services, a pre-employment training program, online GED classes, and pregnancy prevention/health education groups throughout the community.
- Mobile Outreach, O‘ahu– Mobile Outreach, the newest component of YO!, includes island-wide street outreach and a housing crisis hotline. Residential Youth Services & Empowerment (RYSE) is the lead agency for this Housing and Urban Development-funded youth homelessness project.