Councilman proposes ’emergency measures’ to expand Kakaako homeless shelter

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Honolulu City Councilman Ernie Martin has identified one potential solution to alleviate the homeless problem in Kakaako.

Martin said he and Gov. David Ige are looking into exercising emergency measures to expand the capacity and services currently provided by nearby Next Step Shelter.

The two have been meeting to discuss solutions as the homeless population grows exponentially in the area.

Martin said the idea is to increase the capacity to take in families, because other shelters have room to take in single individuals.

“Expand the scope of services, even the operational hours, and additionally increase the capacity of the number of families that presently are being served there so that we can accommodate who currently is residing at Kakaako,” Martin said.

Martin also wants to keep pursuing the old Hilo Hattie’s location on Nimitz Highway as another shelter option.

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