Well-run, temporary safe zones necessary
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