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‘Sit-lie’ bill a good beginning


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 18, 2014

~~<p>Cities on the West Coast have passed laws designed to keep homeless people from dominating public spaces, especially in busy tourist and commercial districts. It's plausible that stricter enforcement in those cities has driven some itinerant homeless people to Hawaii, where the weather is pleasant year-round, the populace is friendly and there is no state vagrancy law. We have no shortage of local-born residents who are homeless, of course, as well as Pacific migrants who end up that way.&nbsp;</p>
<p>It all adds up to a growing problem that demands a multi-faceted strategy to solve. The time has come for Honolulu to enact stricter anti-loitering laws, which, coupled with expanded social services and greater access to affordable rentals under the Housing First model, should propel real headway on an intractable issue.</p>
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Cities on the West Coast have passed laws designed to keep homeless people from dominating public spaces, especially in busy tourist and commercial districts. It's plausible that stricter enforcement in those cities has driven some itinerant homeless people to Hawaii, where the weather is pleasant year-round, the populace is friendly and there is no state vagrancy law. We have no shortage of local-born residents who are homeless, of course, as well as Pacific migrants who end up that way. 

It all adds up to a growing problem that demands a multi-faceted strategy to solve. The time has come for Honolulu to enact stricter anti-loitering laws, which, coupled with expanded social services and greater access to affordable rentals under the Housing First model, should propel real headway on an intractable issue. Login for more...



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