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Homeless families respond after city sweeps banks of canal

Kapalama Canal area (before sweep) Kapalama Canal area (before sweep)
Kapalama Canal area (after sweep) Kapalama Canal area (after sweep)
By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) -  Homeless families in Honolulu are figuring out where to go after the city swept the banks of a canal where they were living in tents.

Crews cleaned up the area along the Kapalama Canal Tuesday.

The cleanup comes less than a week after the City Council finalized a ban on sitting and lying down in the area.

City spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke says the cleanup was enforcing the stored property ordinance, not the sit-lie ban.

Single mom Stefanie Sanchez was living there and says she's just hoping and praying for the best.

Under the property ordinance, crews are required to give 24 hours of notice so people can remove their belongings.

Broder says the city spends $15,000 a week for crews to perform similar sweeps throughout the island.

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