Hawaii Launches First Phase of Homeless Plan

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

On a rainy day in Kaimuki, the Abercrombie administration unveiled its first initiative to help the homeless seek shelter from the storm.

The initiative establishes an outreach system where citizens can contact service providers when they see a homeless person who may need intervention. It's the first step in a 90-day plan that will be unveiled after the Hawaii Legislature concludes May 5.

While details of the plan were not provided — for example, how it will be funded — Gov. Neil Abercrombie said it involves an integrated approach that includes state and county government and social service providers.

It also comes as Honolulu prepares to present its best face to the world with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in November.

When it comes to addressing homelessness, the governor said, "We will be relentless."

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