Gov. David Ige announced Friday that two families, one couple and four single adults have been moved from the Kakaako homeless encampment into temporary housing at the Lighthouse Emergency Shelter in Waipahu.

The governor’s press release said that since since Aug. 7, the state has helped 56 people, including 10 families, leave the Kakaako tent city for shelters. Those families represented a third of the 31 families in the encampment last month.

Ige has aggressively taken on homelessness as a priority since Rep. Tom Brower was assaulted in the Kakaako homeless encampment in June. The governor promised to relocate all of the families from the encampment by the end of this year.

Homeless tents along Ohe Street in Kakaako fronting condominium skyline. 3 july 2015. photograph by Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Homeless tents along Ohe Street in July sit in stark contrast to the high-end condos being built in Kakaako.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii has one of the worst rates of homelessness in the nation and the encampment in Kakaako, a state redevelopment district bordering downtown Honolulu, has been a major focus since the Brower incident.

For more information, read Civil Beat’s recent coverage of homelessness and affordable housing:

How Do You House the Homeless When No One Wants Them Nearby?

Schatz: Housing First Is Solution to Hawaii’s Homelessness Problem

City Council Loosens Ohana Unit Rules to Boost Rental Housing Stock

Ige’s Team to Relocate All Homeless Families From Kakaako by the End of Year

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