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Beyond the ban

Appearances to the contrary, social service agencies are making progress in finding homes for the homeless

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 22, 2013

~~<p>Residents who have followed the homelessness issue might watch the high-profile discussions on keeping the sidewalks clear, and assume that's the only thing that's been happening. Enforcing the ban on storing private property on city property &mdash; and the latest proposal to ban lying down on sidewalks, too &mdash; continues to keep city crews busy and garner the headlines.</p>
<p>Behind the scenes, however, homelessness initiatives are entering a new phase, one that increasingly involves partnering government officials with church groups and other volunteers. Progress on one of Oahu's knottiest social problems has been gradual and sometimes halting, but it's progress all the same.</p>
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Residents who have followed the homelessness issue might watch the high-profile discussions on keeping the sidewalks clear, and assume that's the only thing that's been happening. Enforcing the ban on storing private property on city property — and the latest proposal to ban lying down on sidewalks, too — continues to keep city crews busy and garner the headlines.

Behind the scenes, however, homelessness initiatives are entering a new phase, one that increasingly involves partnering government officials with church groups and other volunteers. Progress on one of Oahu's knottiest social problems has been gradual and sometimes halting, but it's progress all the same. Login for more...



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