Honolulu Mayor Ramps Up Response to Homelessness

Caldwell, police say the homeless are not targets. The city plans to acquire housing and proposes new restrictions on what can be done in public spaces.

·By Sophie Cocke

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell unveiled a more aggressive strategy Wednesday for tackling the homeless problem, which includes moving as many as 440 homeless people into permanent housing in the next two years.

The housing initiative, supported by $47.2 million in funds recently approved by the Honolulu City Council, is being paired with two bills introduced by the mayor last week that would crack down on sleeping and camping out on Waikiki sidewalks and defecating and urinating on public property. 

Caldwell announced his revamped homeless strategy at a press conference

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