Homeless Community Caucus Briefing Saturday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii is working to tackle its growing homeless problem and lawmakers are looking to their communities for answers. Ramsay Wharton sits down with State Senator Carol Fukunaga, Chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Technology, to talk about an informational event on homelessness this Saturday.

Urban Honolulu members of the State Legislature and City Council from Central Honolulu will have a community briefing to discuss the city's growing homeless population. The public is invited to the event, which will be held on Saturday, March 5 at 9:00 a.m. at the Makiki Christian Church.

Attending the caucus will be State Senators Suzanne Chun Oakland, Carol Fukunaga and Brickwood Galuteria, Representative Karl Rhoads and City Council Member Ann Kobayashi.

Topics that will be discussed will include current legislative initiatives and potential funding for homeless solutions, transitional housing alternatives and ways that local businesses and community groups can become more involved in addressing the growing homeless population.

"Our intent for this discussion is to analyze why the number of homeless people in Honolulu is growing ever larger and discuss ways that we can mobilize to help these fellow community members," said Fukunaga. "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.

Attendees may also question the legislators at the event about other pending matters before the State Legislature and City Council.

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