Nearly 2,000 housing units have been secured as Maui officials scramble to house thousands of residents whose homes were decimated by wildfires, officials announced Monday.
Officials have secured 402 hotel rooms and an additional 1,400 Airbnb units will be available on Tuesday, Hawaii Gov. Josh Green said in a news conference on Monday. Another 160 residents have also stepped up to volunteer to shelter displaced people in their homes.
About 222 displaced families have already been placed in housing, Green said.
"We anticipate at least 36 weeks of direct housing for individuals," Green said. "You will probably go on much longer than that, just so people know. But we don't want people to think that they are going to get housed and suddenly be asked to leave. They will be in 30-day increments which will be constantly reupped so people will get housed."
A total of 1,418 people were staying at emergency evacuation shelters as of Friday night, officials said previously.
More than 2,200 structures have been destroyed on the fires, 86% of them residential, Green said.
About 222 displaced families have already been placed in housing, Green said. People will likely require at least 36 weeks of housing assistance.
"The scale of the destruction is incredible," Green said. "Our hearts are broken even a little bit more than when we were together 48 hours ago with the extra fatalities."
County authorities signed a contract with the Red Cross on Monday and will be partnering with Federal Emergency Management Agency to make sure "everyone gets housed," Green said.
An emergency proclamation that will assist residents with getting medications and medical care has also been signed, the governor said.
"We will be bringing hundreds and hundreds of mental health care workers into the state," he added.