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Local architects join forces to lead innovative efforts to remedy Oahu's homeless population

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

In collaboration with the Executive Director for the Mayor's Office of Housing Jun Yang and Reid Mizue of Omizu Architecture Inc., Ma Ry Kim, Principal and Design Director of Group 70 International, Inc. (G70), is spearheading pro-bono efforts on an intriguing new community service project, LIFT, the redesign of decommissioned buses to serve as shelters for the very visible and vulnerable population of homeless on Oahu. The design has been presented to the City; now a community organization is needed to come aboard to operate this innovative solution for helping Oahu's homeless.

“LIFT is the brainchild of Jun Yang who approached me last year with the idea,” said Kim. “It took no convincing to get on board and I quickly recruited a handful of talented associates from Group 70 to participate in the program. Group 70 Associate Ryan Sullivan, Designer Charles Siu, and Reid Mizue of Omizu Architecture Inc., another local firm dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone in our community, have been instrumental in bringing this idea to life.”

Preliminary LIFT bus designs have been discussed with the City. Approximately five decommissioned buses are possibly available for retrofit into LIFT shelters.

“We are focused on expanding solutions for Oahu's homeless population. The LIFT buses will serve as safe living, showering, and learning facilities for a community of people who normally don't have free or easy access to such necessities,” said Yang. “Our next step is finding a non-profit to take on project implementation. I encourage all local non-profits interested in remedying homelessness on Oahu to consider championing LIFT.”

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