Homeless Outreach and Navigation for Unsheltered Persons (HONU)

The Homeless Outreach and Navigation for Unsheltered Persons (HONU) program, also known as the Lift Mobile Navigation Center, is a new Ohana Zone funded program on the island of Oahu.  The HONU officially launched on Friday, December 13, 2019 at the Waipahu Cultural Garden Park.   HONU will eventually launch two sites on Oahu, that will set up in different parts of the island for up to a maximum of 90-days at a time.

HONU is a mobile facility that has the capacity to serve between 60-100 individuals at one location.   The HONU is operated by the City & County of Honolulu Department of Community Services in partnership with the Honolulu Police Department.  The goal of the program is to provide 24/7 short-term shelter services, and navigation to connect homeless individuals and families to longer-term shelter and other housing options.  HONU also provides a critical tool for law enforcement officers to divert homeless individuals from citation and arrest, and provide the option of short-term shelter and services.

Each HONU site includes beds and hygiene facilities, as well as the access to one meal per day.  HONU also provides a space for social service partner organizations to provide on-site services, including assistance with identification, housing navigation, as well as legal and medical services.

HONU is one of a number of diversion programs initiated by the Honolulu Police Department to strengthen services for homeless individuals.   The efforts of the Honolulu Police Department and other Hawaii law enforcement agencies to partner with homeless services was recently highlighted in a U.S. Interagency Council on Homeless and Council of State Governments joint policy brief on Strengthening Partnerships Between Law Enforcement and Homeless Services Systems.