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Low-income families living in Honolulu homeless encampment

File photo taken from Kakaako homeless encampment File photo taken from Kakaako homeless encampment

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - More than 40 percent of the people in a homeless encampment in Honolulu's Kakaako district are families.

That's according to a new survey released by Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday. The study was conducted in early August and found that about 300 people are living in tents and makeshift structures in Kakaako.

The average income level for families living in the encampment is just $587 a month, the survey found. Some people there are getting government assistance, while others are working part-time jobs.

Ige says there's currently no shelter space for families. He says the Hawaii Community Development Authority has offered up a storage shed in Kakaako that could be converted into a family shelter to house 40 people. Ige says the site needs environmental testing before renovations could begin.

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