Honolulu’s mayor has launched an online job board that lets you check out the jobs available for people who are homeless, addicted to drugs, or simply looking for something that isn’t available in the city.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced on Monday that the Honolulu Human Services Commission (HSC) is using the new jobs board to provide a forum for city residents to apply for positions in public safety, health, or community corrections.
Caldwell said that the HSC is hoping to get as many people on the board as possible, as the HSE has said it has no shortage of vacant positions.
Caldwell told a crowd at a rally in downtown Honolulu on Monday, “The problem is we have more than enough positions, but the people who have a job, they don’t want to take it.”
Caldwin’s campaign, in a statement to TechRadars readers, said the board was launched to help people find the right job because the city’s homeless population has reached an “unprecedented level.”HSC Chair Deborah Fong said the agency is working with the HSA to help the community address homelessness, addiction, mental health, and employment issues, and that there are currently approximately 1,400 positions open.
The agency has also hired a new deputy chief of staff to help with outreach.
“We know there are some people who can’t find a job,” Fong told TechRadare in an interview.
“We need to be mindful that we’re not just hiring people.”
Fong said that since the beginning of the year, HSC has spent $7.3 million in state funds on the new job board, which she said is part of a larger $14.5 million plan to help homeless and addicted people find jobs.
Fong, who is also the HSD’s deputy executive director, said that, in addition to housing, services, and transportation, the HsC has also set up a $3 million fund for the homeless, and is providing $2 million for a new shelter.
The HSC was founded in 2014 after a number of public officials were charged with corruption charges for using city funds for personal and political purposes.