The Shelter is a ministry of First Assembly of God that seeks to provide solutions to Hawaii’s homeless problem that are founded on Biblical principles and centered on a God-centered life as the core of the solution.
To create The Shelter as a program that accepts eligible candidates that provides spiritual growth, housing assistance and job livelihood.
The Shelter will accept candidates who are vetted and recommended by government shelters and faith-based organizations. Program participants must be substance-free with no mental health issues, commit to a lifestyle with God at the center of their spiritual life, and agree to progress in The Shelter’s vision of Christian growth.
The program is designed to help participants transition to their own rental housing within six to twelve months. At that time, they should be ready to find regular employment in a full-time job with medical benefits. Participants will learn vocational skills and be given occupational training in an organic farming initiative, and will have the opportunity to earn wages in exchange for their services.
At the center of The Shelter’s housing assistance program is a revolutionary approach to cost-efficient temporary structures, made possible through the use of igloo-like portable shelters from Alaska-based company, Intershelter™.
The Intershelter™ portable shelter is made from high-tech aerospace composite material, is built to sustain hurricane strength winds and earthquakes, and is insulated to stay warm in extreme arctic sub-zero degree weather or cool in hot desert climates. A single structure’s pieces can fit in the back of a pick up truck, and can be assembled in a few hours by just three people.
A single dome structure costs about $10,000 and can house a family of five people. Additional structures can be attached to create multi-unit dwellings, and individual domes can be reconfigured into kitchens, bathrooms, and living spaces.
The Shelter plans on building a dome complex on church property in Windward Oahu, but we are also looking for suitable properties in or near downtown Honolulu.
The Shelter in the media
- Local church builds ‘faith zone’ for select homeless families
KITV 4 (5/21/18)
- After years of debate, construction has begun on igloo-shaped shelters for homeless
Hawaii News Now (4/27/18)
- Churches host summit on homelessness
Honolulu Star-Advertiser (4/29/17)
- Officials discuss how faith-based communities can help Hawaii’s homeless
Hawaii News Now (4/13/17)
- Church hopes to open innovative igloo-shaped homeless shelters by summer
Hawaii News Now (4/12/17)
- Hawaii Church provides affordable ‘igloos’ for homeless people
Christian Daily (5/4/16)
- Church sees cheap, igloo-like domes as answer to homelessness
Hawaii News Now (5/3/16)
- Hawaii Is Using Igloos To House Homeless Islanders
Huffington Post (5/3/16)
- Hawaiian church uses fiberglass ‘igloos’ to help shelter the homeless
Digital Trends (5/2/16)
- In Hawaii, Church Will Sponsor Igloos for Homeless People
Nonprofit Quarterly (4/29/16)
- Church tackles Hawaii’s homeless problem with igloos from Alaska
Christian Science Monitor (4/28/16)
- Hawaii church deploying igloos to house homeless families
Associated Press (4/28/16)
- Church would house homeless in igloos
Star Advertiser (4/20/16)
- Church proposing igloos for Hawaii’s homeless
KITV 4 (4/20/16)