Honolulu mayor wants to turn abuse center into homeless shelter

HONOLULU — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell wants to convert a facility for abuse victims into a homeless shelter.

Hawaii News Now reported Monday that the $5.5 million women’s shelter has barely been used since it opened.

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Caldwell says converting the 20-room Makiki facility, which costs about $400,000 a year to operate, wouldn’t require much work or approval.

Caldwell says the “Family Justice Center is just not being filled” like officials anticipated.

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City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro opened the center in November 2016, describing it as a one-stop shop for victims and a place where they can get services and a secure place to live.

Advocates say the reason it hasn’t been used much is because its tenants must follow strict rules that are impractical.

  1. paul March 6, 2018 5:27 pm

    fast getting to the point all homeless MUST be put in gov shelters or jail…reason why???to many,cannot camp out on streets,parks,river banks,san diego has a big problem with fires started by homeless,camping by rivers and beaches…using these places as bathrooms..sorry,the rights of many will override the rights of a few,mahalo


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