Maui Fires 3 Month update.
In the aftermath of the devastating wildfires in Lahaina, #Maui, GEM has been tirelessly working on the ground since day 2. GEM Hawaii has provided crucial assistance to survivors. We began by getting immediate aid to local hubs and distributing cash cards to survivors. GEM has now distributed nearly $500,000 in Bstrong cash cards.
By week two, we collaborated with @airbnb to secure short-term Airbnb bookings for over 1,200 survivors, offering them immediate lodging.
By week three, GEM established a housing case worker support office in Kahului which has processed nearly 1,000 housing applications. We distributed $250,000 in rent abatement checks to 109 families who secured long-term leases and assisted 220 families with Airbnb.org reservation renewals. This was made possible with staffing support from @sail.trilogy employees.
In week five, GEM opened the Westside Distribution Center in Kahana, distributing aid to 1,500-2,000 vehicles weekly and providing over 15,000 family care boxes since mid-September. Volunteers and partners like @MauiBrewingCo, @countyofmaui, @hfahawaii, and @MauiFoodBank played vital roles in this initiative. Support from volunteers equates to approximately $160k in labor costs savings.
GEM`s back-to-work tool program invested $135k in tools, aiding 94 tradesmen in resuming their work. Gratitude goes to donors @californiapools and @stableroadfoundation for their contributions.
Looking ahead, GEM finalized plans for the temporary Sacred Hearts School in Ka’anapali, accommodating 250 students (grades K-9) for the next three years. Additionally, in partnership with @LivingEarthSystems, we`ve commenced building tiny homes, set to be completed by the end of November, providing sustainable housing solutions for survivors.
Thank you for supporting our Hawaiian programs. #Hawaii #Maui @bethennyfrankel #Lahaina @edfreedman @mauigarrett