HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With cardboard and blankets, a group of Hawaii's leaders will gather for a second year this month to sleep on the state Capitol's cold concrete.
The Salvation Army CEO Sleepout is aimed at helping Hawaii's movers and shakers gain a greater understanding of homelessness — and sparking new ideas to help.
Scott Sivik, president of Ohana Health Plan, participated in last year's sleepout and said the experience was "very unsettling."
"It is a social issue that we cannot allow to continue. We can't allow men, women and children to sleep on our streets," said Chamness.
While The Salvation Army offers an array of services for the homeless and those living on the edge, it's dealing with a challenging situation of its own. After Hawaii County swept the homeless from the Old Kona Airport Park last month, some campers moved onto Salvation Army property nearby.
"We are not going to make it worse for families or individuals by kicking them out of our property," Chamness said. "We simply want to help them come up with a solution."
That solution, experts say, is more affordable housing and treating the homeless as individuals.
The Salvation Army CEO Sleepout runs from 6 p.m. Sept. 22 to 6 a.m. Sept. 23.
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