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City unveils Chinatown micro-units for homeless families

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By Ryan Lothspeich
HNN Fall Intern

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -- The city unveiled six new micro-units in Chinatown on Monday that will house homeless families.

The units were transformed from the city's commercial space at Winston Hale on River Street into housing as part of a $1 million project.

Employed homeless families and individuals can apply for the 200-square-foot units.

The city plans to open an additional 29 affordable housing units at the Winston Hale, and is also looking at other sites for micro-units.

"This is a prototype of what we want to bring forward around this island, more affordable housing, particularly for our homeless population,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Applications will be available in December.

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