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Don't play games with Housing First


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 08, 2014

~~<p>Let's be blunt. Honolulu is not the city it once was. Neighborhoods throughout the urban core are dotted with homeless encampments, from Waikiki to Kakaako, Moiliili to Iwilei. In some places there are one or two or three individuals, their meager belongings crammed into shopping carts. In other places there are whole rows of tents, belonging to street people who are hunkered down with campstoves, makeshift bathing buckets and other belongings crowding public parks or sidewalks.</p>
<p>It's no way to live, on that point everyone seems to agree. And yet, there are thousands of people on Oahu living that way. This despite the availability of space in various homeless shelters and the regular enforcement of city ordinances that clear the homeless people's belongings from public parks and sidewalks.</p>
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Let's be blunt. Honolulu is not the city it once was. Neighborhoods throughout the urban core are dotted with homeless encampments, from Waikiki to Kakaako, Moiliili to Iwilei. In some places there are one or two or three individuals, their meager belongings crammed into shopping carts. In other places there are whole rows of tents, belonging to street people who are hunkered down with campstoves, makeshift bathing buckets and other belongings crowding public parks or sidewalks.

It's no way to live, on that point everyone seems to agree. And yet, there are thousands of people on Oahu living that way. This despite the availability of space in various homeless shelters and the regular enforcement of city ordinances that clear the homeless people's belongings from public parks and sidewalks. Login for more...



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