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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 7:31 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2007

Kauai homeless facility dedicated

Advertiser Staff

LIHU'E, Kaua'i — Government and private officials today held a blessing for a new transitional housing facility that will provide 16 working homeless families with children with a roof over their heads this Christmas.

Ka Uapo (The Bridge) is located at the former Lihu'e courthouse on Umi Street, which is owned by the state.

The program provides homeless families with temporary transitional housing and prepares them for permanent affordable housing units that are scheduled to be built on Kaua'i over the next two years.

After the participants in Ka Uapo move into permanent housing, the former courthouse will be converted to office space for state agencies.

Ka Uapo is a partnership between the state, county and Kaua'i Economic Opportunity Inc..

"Ka Uapo will provide homeless families with a safe place to live while they receive services and resources they need to transition into permanent housing," Gov. Linda Lingle said. "This innovative and collaborative public-private partnership offers hope for a better future for working homeless families on Kaua'i."