Hawaii OKs lease for Sand Island homeless camp

Hawaii OKs lease for Sand Island homeless camp

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii board has approved the lease for a temporary encampment for homeless people in Honolulu.

The lease for the voluntary encampment on Sand Island was okayed Friday.

City officials say it should be operational in two or three months. They envision a triage center where homeless families can access services.

Critics say homeless people are being shooed out of sight to go to a dry, isolated area away from their communities.

Parts of Sand Island have been used as dump and as an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. The island is now mostly industrial and has a wastewater treatment plant and some parks.

Some area residents and companies are concerned about security, but officials say the camp will have two guards onsite around the clock.

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