City councilmembers are prioritizing reduction of the incidence of homeless encampments in city and state parks located in the community as a top priority. I have proposed $5 million to amend Bill 16 (the City’s FY 19 CIP budget) with funds to acquire or establish an additional site for hygiene centers and medical clinics to divert chronic homeless individuals away from Kakaako Makai park lands and the adjacent Mother Waldron Park neighborhood into more appropriate housing.
Council amendments to Bill 16, CD1 include funds for:
- Urban Honolulu Rest Stops and Medical Triage Centers $5 million Land acquisition, planning, design and construction for development of new urbanrest stops and medical/triage centers and community-focused projects initiated by community groups in partnership with State/City agencies or qualified nonprofits. (Fukunaga)
- Housing and Hygiene Center $2 million Plan, design and acquire land to construct a facility for housing, hygiene and health services for homeless individuals. (Kobayashi)
- Community Revitalization Initiative $18 million Acquisition, lease, development and/or renovation of facilities for urban rest stops, navigation centers, workforce/affordable housing, and other community-focused projects provided that no more than $2 million may be expended in 1 council district. (Martin)