- A recent survey found that homelessness remains a problem on Oahu. What should be done? Do you support an islandwide sit-lie ban? Why or why not?
There will always be the poor amongst us in this modern cash economy. There is no one silver bullet to this homeless issue. Some require mental health/ addiction help, but most need rental units. Coordination with state and federal is imperative.
Singapore efficiently provides affordable public rentals tied to the tenants’ income. We need to concentrate on creating more truly affordable rental units.
I do not support an island-wide ban.
Since the first sit-lie bill in 2014 for the Waikiki Special District, I’ve consistently testified at Council hearings that ‘sit-lie” bills must be accompanied with options for those affected. Pushing the homeless around does not solve the problem.
Undoubtedly, we must maintain clean, vibrant and safe public spaces for the public and businesses.
However, burning personal items into ashes is cruel. Confiscating personal papers and medication is inhumane and creates more complications for the down trodden.
Over a million dollars were squandered through court settlements and legal fees because the city violated due process in its sit-lie implementations.
HUD CDBG funds have been diverted from non-profits and homeless shelters for pork and pay-to-play projects.