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State, city seek to work together to address urban homeless camps

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KAKAAKO (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The state wants to partner with the city to address growing homeless populations along Nimitz Highway and Ala Moana Boulevard.

Scott Morishige, the state's homeless czar, said the state has offered the city "right of entry" agreements, which would allow city crews to move homeless living on state land.

Potential areas of future enforcement include an encampment fronting Lowe's on Nimitz Highway, and an encampment fronting the new PBS building near Sand Island Access Road.

Last month, the state granted the city enforcement access rights to both sides of Ala Moana Boulevard fronting Kakaako Gateway Park.

Meanwhile, city officials said they're hoping the state will come through with additional resources and manpower.

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