Housing Honolulu's Homeless Won't Come Cheap Under New Plan

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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has a new plan for housing the island’s homeless, and it won’t necessarily be cheap.

On Thursday, Caldwell surrounded himself with human services providers from the both the public and private sectors as he outlined an ambitious two-year program that aims to get some of Oahu’s most visible and troubled homeless off the streets.

The project is based on a “Housing First” model in which resources are focused on getting people into shelters before worrying about providing the services they might need, such as drug treatment or mental health care.

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