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Honolulu shelter opens for medically fragile homeless people

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HONOLULU (AP) - A new shelter is opening in Honolulu for homeless people who are medically fragile. The goal is to provide shelter and care to people who are well enough to leave the hospital but too ill to recover on the streets.

The Institute for Human Services announced Thursday that it's opening the shelter with help from The Queen's Medical Center and HomeAid Hawaii. IHS Executive Director Connie Mitchell says many clients need follow-up care that is not easy to provide in emergency shelters.

The two-story, seven-bedroom house will house eight people at a time for an average stay of six weeks. Called Tutu Bert's house, the shelter opened in early March and is filled to capacity.

Several developers donated labor and materials to help renovate the building.

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