Companies decline to bid on contract to clear homeless camps
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii officials have been warning homeless people camped out along the Kakaako shoreline that they would be removed in sweeps that were slated to begin as early as Thursday, but it is unclear when the clearing will come as eight private companies turned down the chance to bid for the contracts.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/1H0EBQh ) that Hawaii Community Development Authority officials asked eight companies to submit bids on how much they would charge to clear out the encampments, but all declined.
The state has also asked for assistance from the city, but been denied.
The two encampments in question cropped up shortly after the city finished clearing streets surrounding the University of Hawaii's medical school. The new encampments are on state land owned by the HCDA.