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DENNIS ODA / SEPTEMBER 2016
In dealing with Oahu’s homeless, Gov. David Ige said, “The reality is in the last 12 months we’ve touched more than 5,000 people, either placing them into permanent housing, or … we’ve helped 3,000 stay out of becoming homeless.” Ige, left, is with Pankaj Bhanot, director of the state Department of Human Services, at a blessing for the new Family Assessment Center in Kakaako. Homeless families can stay at the facility up to 90 days while staff helps them transition into long-term housing.