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February 10, 2017

Hawaii considers ‘safe zones' for homeless encampments

  • With its high cost of housing, and relatively low wages, Hawaii has struggled with homelessness for decades.
    Associated Press

    HONOLULU — Hawaii is exploring allowing homeless people to camp in designated “safe zones” or to rent space in private driveways and yards, as part of an array of offbeat solutions to its homelessness crisis, which ranks worst in the nation.

    The ideas run contrary to a trend among cities — including Honolulu — to pass laws criminalizing homelessness, said Eric Tars, senior attorney at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

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