WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Friday representatives headed to Oahu's Leeward side to see the homeless problem in person. The lawmakers stopped by Keaau Beach Park in Waianae.
The visit comes two days after they were told 30%of the homeless people in the state are shipped in from the mainland or Micronesia. They did find some people on the beach from other areas, but overall their focus today was finding solutions for homeless people, no matter where they come from.
"Some of these people have already been in shelters, and they give various reasons, conditions being unsanitary, too many people staying too long. I think the emergency shelter the way it is now, is not working" said Pastor Curtis Tsuzaki of People of the Promises Church.
"If we could designate a specific park they could go, rather than cluttering all parks and coastline, if we could designate one park and ask them to put up their tents there, and provide showers, restroom, water, I think that would be great" said state Representative Rida Cabanilla.
Bills dealing with funding for affordable housing and deciding who handles homeless programs in Hawaii are now on the governor's desk. She has until July 6 to sign, veto or allow it to become law without her signature.
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