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City Council panel strips about $6M from Housing First

Remaining funds are restricted to homeless ohana and keiki

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 14, 2014

~~<p>Funding for Housing First, one of Mayor Kirk Caldwell's hallmark projects, remains shaky after the City Council Budget Committee voted Tuesday to slash its budget to roughly $12 million from the original $18.9 million and inserted language restricting the use of the remaining money to housing for projects that must benefit &quot;homeless families with children.&quot;</p>
<p>Caldwell officials are warning that the changes will hinder their ability to put in a program meant to provide permanent housing options for chronically homeless individuals.</p>
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Funding for Housing First, one of Mayor Kirk Caldwell's hallmark projects, remains shaky after the City Council Budget Committee voted Tuesday to slash its budget to roughly $12 million from the original $18.9 million and inserted language restricting the use of the remaining money to housing for projects that must benefit "homeless families with children."

Caldwell officials are warning that the changes will hinder their ability to put in a program meant to provide permanent housing options for chronically homeless individuals. Login for more...



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