City to hold meeting addressing island's homeless

(HONOLULU, HawaiiNewsNow) - An increase of homeless people on the island have prompted members of the State Legislature and City Council to have a community briefing to discuss the situation and offer solutions to fix it at the Makiki Christian Church on Saturday, March 5 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

State senators Suzanne Chun Oakland, Carol Fukunaga and Brickwood Galuteria, Representative Karl Rhoads and City Council Member Ann Kobayashi will discuss funding for homeless situations from the legislature, alternatives to transitional housing and ways local businesses and community groups can get involved.

"While some efforts have been made to address this problem, the number of homeless people in urban Honolulu has mushroomed to levels that affect the quality of life in our neighborhoods."

"We want to take the discussion to a higher level," said Representative Rhoads. "By mobilizing our collective State and County efforts, we are seeking greater business/community involvement to provide alternatives that help move the homeless off the streets, he said.

Bring questions for the legislators at the meeting about other pending matters concerning the state legislature and city council.

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