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$77M proposed for homeless

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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
@Caption1:Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang is proposing the city take $77 million of available housing funds and build safe places of refuge for homeless people. Above, Eric Ramaila, left, is one of the homeless individuals who have set up camp on the sidewalk on the east side of Kalakaua Avenue across from the Hawai'i Convention Center. Ramaila recycles cans for money and says he doesn't want to go to a shelter.
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Stanley Chang, City councilman
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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
Marcelo Bitanga camps out on the sidewalk on the east side of Kalakaua Avenue across from the Convention Center and has been homeless on and off for 30 years. “I would be interested in a tent city if it was convenient in all aspects,” said Bitanga, who collects bottles and cans for money. “I like to stay by the recycling center because it’s easy.”