A thirty-three unit Waikiki building will soon represent a new start for some of Hawaii's homeless.

The decision to buy property here was a strategic one.

"Homeless are not going to move where they don't want to go. They're going to go to areas where they already are. Housing First is about housing those in areas where they already reside. So it's about housing them in Waikiki," Mayor Kirk Caldwell said. 

The 7.5 million dollar purchase is funded mostly by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development department.

60% of the units will be offered to those who qualify for affordable housing, for example, those with an income of around $50,000. 

20% of the units will house homeless people through the Housing First initiative. 

"The new model is Housing First. In other words you house people with their addictions, their illnesses and help them get better, as opposed to the old model, you get better first on the streets then we put you into housing which never works," Caldwell said.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell says that getting the homeless into housing first, will make them more receptive to getting treatments and services to help them get on their feet. 

Caldwell says he hasn't gotten much protest from other Waikiki residents. In fact members of the Waikiki Neighborhood Board were there to show their support, such as Waikiki Neighborhood Board Chairman, Robert Finley.

"We decided we were going to support affordable housing. I'm glad to see that this is a result of that. It's hard to be in a district where places like across the street go for 1.2 million to put affordable people in your neighborhood, but they're going to be here anyway," Finley said. 

Most of the units consist of a bedroom and bathroom with a common kitchen area.

The next step is to hire a property manager before tenants can start moving in.

The twelve existing tenants will be allowed to stay.