Well-run, tem­po­rary safe zones nec­es­sary

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

Safe zones for the home­less im­plies that peo­ple with­out houses can stay in safe zones for­ever. The con­cept can work if it is clearly de­fined and run prop­erly as tem­po­rary shel­ter.

The mil­i­tary calls it com­mand, con­trol, com­mu­ni­ca­tions. The home­less prob­lem is a war against poverty and men­tal ill­ness. Treat it that way.

You or I can’t camp with­out a per­mit. You or I can’t tres­pass, lit­ter or pol­lute pub­lic places. This is com­mon sense. We are not crim­i­nal­iz­ing home­less­ness, we are fight­ing against poverty and men­tal ill­ness. Pro­vide Kokua Cen­ters for the home­less and house­less, with bath­rooms, show­ers, hot meals, places for pets, men­tal health coun­sel­ing and med­i­ca­tions, fi­nan­cial coun­sel­ing, hous­ing as­sis­tance, a chance for a step for­ward. Do it now.

Chris Naka­matsu Kailua

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