This year’s City Council actions on the City’s FY 17 operating and CIP budgets (via Ordinances 16-14 and 16-15) tackled complaints about the increased numbers of homeless individuals with mental health and chemical dependency issues or more aggressive/violent behavior with a different approach from prior years’ large infusions of CIP funding for City-sponsored permanent supportive housing.
Ordinance 16-15 includes appropriations for a more targeted approach for the Kalihi/Iwilei and Kapalama area with:
- $2 million for an Iwilei Hygiene Center (plans, design construction of public restrooms, showers and laundry facilities),
- $18 million for Community Revitalization Initiatives (including Navigation Centers like Hale Mauliola, workforce/affordable housing and other community-focused projects), and
- $5.6 million for Housing Partnership projects that develop or preserve affordable and permanent supportive housing in partnership with state agencies and qualified non-profit housing developers.
We also included $460,000 for Kalihi Valley District Park Recreation Building Roof Improvements and funds for Department of Transportation Services to improve public safety on the “S Curve” between 3059-3185 Kalihi Street.
During this year’s budget process, Department of Transportation Services advised that Scenario 2 of the 1999 Study for the Kalihi Street S-Curve by Stanley Yim and Associates was estimated to cost $6.650 million dollars. Because of the substantial cost and amount of private lands that would need to be acquired to implement Scenario 2, the department recommended that minor shoulder widening, utility pole relocation, and electronic driver feedback signs should be installed within the City’s right-of-way as a practical means of improving public safety along the curve. These actions were estimated to cost roughly $1 million dollars and can be achieved with Ordinance 16-15 funding.