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Chinatown residents rally against homeless housing project

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By Duane Shimogawa bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Not in our neighborhood. That's what a group of Chinatown residents are saying about the City's proposed homeless shelter.

A crowd of around 200 people gathered in Chinatown Sunday afternoon to drum up support against the homeless housing project.

It would be built right on River Street in place of a building. But some say it's too close to schools, temples and housing complexes.

They also say it would ruin Chinatown's cultural heritage. That's why some are looking at other alternatives, including senior housing.

"They need the housing, they deserve the housing and with a multi-purpose center, they have a place to exercise, live, work to learn new skills and just socialize," Concerned Citizens on River Street president Wesley Fong said.

Fong says they aren't against the City's Housing First Homeless Project. Instead, they feel it's not being proposed in the right spot.

Others say similar homeless housing projects in the Mainland have seen success. Some feel one in Chinatown is likely to make the neighborhood safer and more secure.

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