Victorino to Host Followup Meeting on Homeless in Wailuku Town

October 23, 2015, 8:25 AM HST · Updated October 23, 8:30 AM
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Shopping carts belonging to homeless individuals in the vacant lot next to the Family Life Center in Kahului. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Shopping carts belonging to homeless individuals in the vacant lot next to the Family Life Center in Kahului. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Wailuku Councilmember Michael Victorino hosts a follow up meeting on Monday to further discuss issues surrounding the homeless population in Wailuku Town.

The meeting is the second in a series to address the increase in the number of homeless moving to Maui.

According to recent reports, Maui County saw the highest increase in its homeless population with an influx of as many as 500 individuals in recent months.  This is separate from the estimates in the 2015 Statewide Point in Time Count compiled by the state Department of Human Services which indicated that there were 1,137 homeless individuals on Maui. That translates to a 12% increase in the homeless population on Maui from year before levels.

Victorino has invited members of the Maui Police Department, the County of Maui, non-profit organizations and businesses to share what solutions and remedies are available to property owners, businesses and residents of Wailuku Town.

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The meeting comes on the heels of a recent donation by the Hawaiʻi Lodging and Tourism Association of a $25,000 grant toward a homeless repatriation program that seeks to fly an estimated 120 homeless individuals on Maui back to the mainland.

The meeting will take place on Monday, October 26th at 4:30 p.m. at the ʻĪao Theater.

 

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