Hawaii Intergenerational Network (HIN) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996. Homesharing Hawaii is the latest project of Hawaii Intergenerational Network (HIN) that addresses the issues of wellness and aging for Oahu’s senior citizens, and affordable housing for all. Its mission is to help people of all ages improve their lives by promoting and supporting intergenerational connections through programs, advocacy, action and employment.
Click here to learn more about HIN Homesharing Hawaii.
Program Impact: Community Testimonial
HOMESHARING: A FRESH ANSWER TO HOUSELESSNESS
“The lack of progress in decreasing the housing crisis needs some fresh thinking and innovative solutions . . . However, there is great potential in a local home-sharing program offered by the non-profit HIN (Hawaii Intergenerational Network). It addresses two community concerns: kupuna who are living alone and people who need affordable housing. Carefully matching people within these two groups and professionally monitoring each relationship, this project offers hope to those who are houseless and to kupuna who are living in vulnerable isolation.
As long as the economic gap between wages and housing costs continues, housing will be unaffordable for most Americans and houselessness an unjustifiable concern; when the basic needs of a community become a for-profit business (shelter, health, education) the quality of life for 99% of us decreases.”
– John Heidel, Kailua
Volunteer Positions for CUH Students
Homesharing Outreach Assistant: Provide Hawaii Intergenerational Network (HIN) & Homesharing Hawaii (HH) presentations to educate community and recruit HH homeowners and home-seekers. Respond to follow-up requests from meetings and surveys.
Homesharing Participant Navigator: Answer questions and follow up with homeowners and home-seekers who have applied with HH.
Training & Intake
Fill out the volunteer application (portal login required) and email it to Ms. Jayne Arasaki using the email address on the form. Ms. Arasaki’s team will contact you to set up an interview within 2-3 days. If accepted, you will receive an agreement and proceed through a background check and training. From the time you submit the application, the process will take about 2 weeks.
After receiving your e-confirmation of acceptance from Ms. Arasaki, hit “forward” to share it with the S-L Office. On your CUH S-L Connection Form (part of S-L registration), complete all the fields. In the blank for your site supervisor’s signature, simply write, “See email.” Take a photo/scan your form and attach it to the forwarded message from Ms. Arasaki. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.