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City Council falls short on homeless issue


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 15, 2014

~~<p>Honolulu's City Council is patting itself on the back for a record increase in funding to combat homelessness on Oahu, but so much of the money is tied to general obligation bonds that it could be years before the city can build or acquire enough affordable rentals to get people off the street.</p>
<p>Mayor Kirk Caldwell's administration must work swiftly to find suitable properties within the two-year window available to designate this spending, and the Council must be prepared to replace it with less cumbersome financing should officials return next year with word that no feasible sites could be found.</p>
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Honolulu's City Council is patting itself on the back for a record increase in funding to combat homelessness on Oahu, but so much of the money is tied to general obligation bonds that it could be years before the city can build or acquire enough affordable rentals to get people off the street.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's administration must work swiftly to find suitable properties within the two-year window available to designate this spending, and the Council must be prepared to replace it with less cumbersome financing should officials return next year with word that no feasible sites could be found. Login for more...



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