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Hawaii church deploying igloos to house homeless families

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A church in Hawaii is looking to address the state's ongoing homelessness crisis. They've settled on a solution that at first appears better suited for the frigid winters of Alaska than the islands' tropical climate: igloos.

There's no risk of the dome-shaped structures melting. They're made of fiberglass.

It's not the first time igloos or domes have been deployed before for the homeless. In Los Angeles, about 35 people lived in a cluster of them called "Dome Village" for about a decade.

The igloos are the latest idea in the islands as the state struggles to deal with the nation's highest per capita homelessness rate. Honolulu is using shipping containers to house some people. And others are pushing traditional thatched "hale" homes.

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