Hoʻowaiwai Network: Hawaiʻi Island
With support from the County of Hawaiʻi Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD), the members of the Hoʻowaiwai Network on Hawaiʻi Island work together to develop, sustain, and expand their delivery of Hoʻowaiwai Empowerment Services (HES). These are services that provide families and communities access to a range of asset and genuine wealth building products and services. The delivery of HES relies heavily on a network approach led by organizations who serve as Network Weavers and the opportunities to reflect and weave efforts during monthly Network Weaver Communities of Practice (NWCOP) sessions. These sessions are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 10:30 AM at the OHCD Conference Room.
The Network partners work together to create a framework that provides consistent information about the group’s vision and efforts in order to educate staff, other partners, and partner government agencies. The framework begins with the values espoused in the County’s asset policy roadmap as expressed by families across the island with the end goal of prosperity and resiliency on a family, community, and island-wide basis.
With the above focus in mind, the Hawaiʻi Island partners are working to pilot Resources Match, an online resource portal aimed at connecting low to moderate income individuals and families to available services. The purpose of this initiative is to increase the economic opportunity and self sufficiency of Hawaiʻi Island families. To learn more about Resources Match, click here.
Through supporting Hoʻowaiwai Empowerment Services on Hawaiʻi Island we collaborate with a number of national organizations including serving as a as a board member of the National Community Reinvestment Coaliation (NCRC), a member of the Prosperity Now (formerly CFED) Community Steering Committee and contributor to the Prosperity Now Scorecard as well as member of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition.