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City proposes transitional housing for special needs homeless

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:13 a.m. HST, May 09, 2012


The city is putting up $3.5 million toward the purchase of a structure in urban Honolulu that could serve as housing for homeless individuals with special needs, such as disabilities or mental illness.

City officials said Tuesday they are looking for a service provider, or coalition of providers, to purchase a structure and repair or renovate it for use as transitional housing.

The exact location is to be determined.

Officials say they will seek community input to determine where the project would be located within the urban district.

The money comes from the city's affordable housing fund within the budget of the Office of Community Services. The deadline for providers to apply for the money is May 30, and officials said they expect to select a provider soon after.

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st1d wrote:
good forward step. the most vulnerable of the homeless, the disabled and the mentally ill, need this multi-disciplinary approach for assistance. to have housing and services available in communities will be a positive move to helping them.
on May 8,2012 | 07:29PM
soshaljustic wrote:
Why did this take so long? How many have been harmed out on the streets far too long, with no way to find their sense of self back again? I AM A CUR AND THAT IS ALL I WILL EVER BE, i need to find a shadow in a doorway to hide my hideous self in. i cannot get what i need. basic human essentials of life.
on May 8,2012 | 07:35PM
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