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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2006
Hannemann made the announcement after meeting today with advocates for the homeless, homeless service providers, and members of
“We are sympathetic to the plight of our state’s homeless population,” Hannemann said, “and are determined to provide a temporary location for the homeless to sleep at night while the state comes up with a long-term solution for shelter and care for them.”
Hannemann said the grassy area, known as Sister Roberta Park, is a suitable and comparable location for the homeless who have been spending the night at
“We continue to maintain, as I stated in my State of the City address, that the state government has the financial and human resources and expertise to address the homeless issue. I pledge the City’s full support in the State’s efforts, and look forward to the governor’s homeless summit this Thursday as a meeting from which real solutions might emerge.”
Hannemann reiterated that the temporary closing of
“We continue to receive complaints on a daily basis from members of the public who say they don’t feel safe in many of our city parks,” Hannemann said. “We want to provide safe and clean parks for all park users, and want to see whether the temporary closing of Ala Moana at night can help us meet that goal.”
The grassy area near HPD will be available from 9:00 pm-5:00 a.m. nightly beginning tomorrow (Wednesday) night. People who choose to stay there will have access to portable restrooms.
“We believe the area will be a safe and welcome one for those homeless folks in our community who need a place to stay at night on a temporary basis until they can get into more long-term shelter and have access to the services they need,” Hannemann said.
The mayor also said he is very grateful that Central Union Church and
“Homelessness is not a city-only issue,” Hannemann said. “It is a community issue that needs a community-wide solution.”
Bill Brennan, 527-6928
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5784
|Wednesday, March 29, 2006|