A life changing moment for Bernice and William Joshua when they received keys from the mayor Monday to their new home at Kauhale Kamaile, a permanent housing project developed by the city to house homeless or formerly homeless families.

The Joshuas previously lived with their four children on the beach in Nanakuli.

“Some people like to stereotype for the homeless especially.  The think it’s because they chose drugs. That’s not always the case. My husband has been working for a long time. He’s been working fumigation, and there was times when we were living off of $10 an hour. Just him working to provide for our family of six, it’s hard," Bernice said. 

They're one of three families that moved into the 16 modular unit complex on Farrington Highway, developed for those who earn no more than 50 percent of area median income.

Rent for a one-bedroom unit is $981, and $1,177 for a two bedroom. 

The complex cost roughly $5 million in total. 

"A lot of impact for not too much money. And that's why we need more projects like this." said Honolulu Mayor, Kirk Caldwell. 

The city bought the 48,000 square foot space back in 2016. Crews started installing modular homes, which are cheaper to build than brick and mortar structures.

"I just want to say for other families out there who are struggling, going through hard times, whether you're living with family, you living out on the streets, just keep your head up, keep praying, keep pushing you know because your time is going to come too." Joshua said. 

Kauhale Kamaile will be managed by ASI Hawaii.