- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - The Institute for Human Services is launching a full-time outreach program aimed at reducing homelessness in Waikiki.

Staff members from the private, nonprofit social services agency will outreach daily with homeless people in Waikiki. The staff members will speak with homeless people, assess their situations and help them with needs such as shelter, employment, medical care and reconnecting with relatives.

Executive Director Connie Mitchell says the goal for the first year is to serve 300 people.

The outreach will begin Monday.

The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association is donating $100,000 to help launch the program. The association pledged to donate another $100,000 next year.

The institute says the annual budget to run the outreach program is $1.3 million.

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