Honolulu mayor reveals plan to reduce homelessness
By ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER
HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has announced a pilot project to address homelessness by providing housing for people within their own neighborhoods.
The mayor wants to spend up to $4.5 million in federal funds to help at least 100 people over the next two years.
Caldwell says the project embodies a paradigm shift that focuses on giving people shelter before other services. The proposal also tailors housing solutions to individual communities, starting in Waikiki, Waianae and downtown.
Caldwell announced the plan Thursday with the support of state officials, city council officials and social service providers.
The initiative would provide housing for about 7% of Honolulu's 1,465 unsheltered homeless residents. Most of them are mentally ill or are struggling with addiction.
The Honolulu City Council will consider the proposal next.
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