Hawaii

Homeless shelters struggle with loss of federal funding

  • In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016 photo, Jonathon Berliner, left, executive director of Gregory House Programs, and David Willett, a resident, talk in the kitchen of Gregory House in Honolulu. Shelter managers in Hawaii are scrambling to figure out how to keep a roof over the heads of hundreds of homeless people. Similar cuts are being made around the country as the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development shifts its money to programs that focus on permanent housing. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)

    In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016 photo, Jonathon Berliner, left, executive director of Gregory House Programs, and David Willett, a resident, talk in the kitchen of Gregory House in Honolulu. Shelter managers in Hawaii are scrambling to figure out how to keep a roof over the heads of hundreds of homeless people. Similar cuts are being made around the country as the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development shifts its money to programs that focus on permanent housing. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016 photo, Deric Anzai talks about his stay at the transitional shelter Gregory House in Honolulu. Shelter managers in Hawaii are scrambling to figure out how to keep a roof over the heads of hundreds of homeless people. Similar cuts are being made around the country as the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development shifts its money to programs that focus on permanent housing. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)

    In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016 photo, Deric Anzai talks about his stay at the transitional shelter Gregory House in Honolulu. Shelter managers in Hawaii are scrambling to figure out how to keep a roof over the heads of hundreds of homeless people. Similar cuts are being made around the country as the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development shifts its money to programs that focus on permanent housing. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016 photo, Gene DeFrancia, left, and Timmie Clarkson talk about their stays at Gregory House in Honolulu. Shelter managers in Hawaii are scrambling to figure out how to keep a roof over the heads of hundreds of homeless people. Similar cuts are being made around the country as the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development shifts its money to programs that focus on permanent housing. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)

    In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016 photo, Gene DeFrancia, left, and Timmie Clarkson talk about their stays at Gregory House in Honolulu. Shelter managers in Hawaii are scrambling to figure out how to keep a roof over the heads of hundreds of homeless people. Similar cuts are being made around the country as the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development shifts its money to programs that focus on permanent housing. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)  (The Associated Press)

Shelter managers in Hawaii are scrambling to figure out how to keep a roof over the heads of hundreds of homeless people. Similar cuts are being made around the country as the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development shifts its money to programs that focus on permanent housing.

The transitional shelters and programs competed for grants and were scored on factors including the community's success at reducing homelessness.

Programs also were graded for the first time in the annual competition on whether local groups serving the homeless are working to decriminalize homelessness.

HUD has not released how it graded the individual programs. But there were several cities with policies that criminalize homelessness that experienced cuts.