Mayor Caldwell's new budget targets homelessness

Mayor Caldwell's new budget targets homelessness

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's new budget is already getting some pushback from the city council, two days after his State of the City address.

His budget for the coming fiscal year includes a new office of strategic development for affordable housing.

Mayor Caldwell says it's necessary to fight the homeless crisis on Oahu, asking for nearly $500,000 in salaries for eight new positions and nearly $2 million for expenses for the office.

"How do we work together to house more people? And so I'm making the plea, not to do politics, but to do good government. Fund this strategic development. Help us," Mayor Caldwell said.

"I would like to give them an opportunity to present their case before the council. You know, I know the budget committee looks forward to this exercise, but it's gonna be a tough sell," City Council Chair Ernie Martin said.

The budget does not propose any new fees or taxes.

The mayor also wants to spend 491 million on sewer improvement projects that he says are needed.

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