Home­less

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

some chal­lenges,” said Sharon Gra­ham, CHA con­vener since July 1. “The ad­min­is­tra­tion needs to come up with a plan.”

The agency’s Hous­ing First Pro­gram helps in­di­vid­u­als get into homes be­fore re­ceiv­ing ser­vices for sub­stance abuse re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, case man­age­ment and fi­nan­cial ed­u­ca­tion. The pro­gram has placed 29 peo­ple in per­ma­nent hous­ing this year.

For 2017, the county has re­ceived $77,000 in fed­eral fund­ing, a small por­tion of the funds avail­able for di­rect ser­vice providers in­clud­ing non­prof­its. These pro­grams can help re­duce costs as­so­ci­ated with emer­gency ser­vices and even in­car­cer­a­tion.

“We need a pro­gram that takes care of the lo­cal fam­i­lies first,” said Coun­cilmem­ber Ross Ka­gawa. “I don’t be­lieve we want to be­come the home­less capi­tol of the United States.”

So­lu­tions dis­cussed in­cluded build­ing tiny houses, pro­vid­ing por­ta­ble show­ers and toi­lets, or es­tab­lish­ing en­camp­ments close to ser­vices, jobs, trans­porta­tion and hy­genic fa­cil­i­ties. How­ever, dif­fi­cul­ties re­main in find­ing will­ing landown­ers and even Sec­tion 8 (a fed­eral rent-as­sis­tance pro­gram) land­lords.

Cre­at­ing “Safe Zones,” pub­lic ar­eas where peo­ple can sleep in their car or find a safe place overnight, has not been widely ac­cepted by hous­ing com­mu­ni­ties, Gra­ham said.

Kauai Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cials at­tended the meet­ing and said they are will­ing to co­or­di­nate ef­forts with county of­fi­cials by re­mov­ing derelict ve­hi­cles and re­spond­ing quickly to vic­tims of crime.

Ar­eas they iden­ti­fied as hav­ing large house­less com-

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