Homeless plan a-go, top guy meets with community

Published: Jun. 2, 2011 at 2:37 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Despite concerns over hungry homeless people, the state's 90 day plan is not changing. Wednesday night, the man in charge of the governor's crackdown, Marc Alexander, met with dozens of people at Saint Clement's Church in Makiki.

Several people spoke out against the plan, which in part, calls for organizations to stop feeding homeless in parks, to get them to move into shelters.

Alexander says he isn't surprised there's some backlash, but the plan remains on track. Alexander expressed, "I think it's caused a lot of discussion and dialogue. It's caused some controversy as people ask some difficult questions and look at our practices. I think the final thing is just getting us to work together more effectively."

The plan also calls for expanding the hours for homeless shelters, and fixing them up. Plus, it focuses on treatment for drugs and alcohol abuse. The governor will evaluate the success of the plan at the end of August.

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