Council seeks answers about homeless program

  • The entrance to The Friendly Place is seen May 4, 2020. The county Housing Office and representatives of an island nonprofit are being asked to justify programs at a Kailua-Kona homeless shelter after several West Hawaii council members balked at extending a lease arrangement for up to five more years. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today file photo)

  • A homeless individual is seen on Pawai Place in the Old Kona Industrial Area in 2020. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

The county Housing Office and representatives of an island nonprofit are being asked to justify programs at a Kailua-Kona homeless shelter after several West Hawaii council members balked at extending a lease arrangement for up to five more years.