Project Story: Hawaii Hilo

In 2021, the state of Hawaii reported that, throughout the islands, nearly 15,000 people are homeless. Many of those people, unable to afford a house, “suffer high rates of mental illness, addiction, and PTSD.” In addition, the life expectancy of an individual who is homeless “is 53 – almost 30 years less than the general population.”

Throughout the islands many dream of living in a home with their families. However, due to the high influx in prices and low average income, many people do not have the opportunity or ability to purchase a home. Currently, in Hilo, Hawaii, the average price for a single-family home is $764,146, while the average household income is less than $58,000 per year.

Habitat for Humanity is a “global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries.” Habitat for Humanity has the vision “of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” Their goal is to help spread hope as they build “strength, stability, and self-reliance,” by building homes for families and providing them with an affordable way to pay for it.

This summer, HumanitarianXP is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to help families get off the streets and into a comfortable safe home. In Hawaii, HXP will help people find hope for the future as they build homes for local families in Hilo, and help them move towards a stable self-reliant life, as first-time homeowners.

The service provided by Habitat for Humanity and HumanitarianXP will not only give families the opportunity to become first-time homeowners but also, the service will greatly impact peoples’ lives for generations to come.

Sources: Hawaii.gov, Honolulu Habitat For Humanity