Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Honolulu City Council have placed a major emphasis on a so-called Housing First strategy that places the most chronically homeless individuals and families into long-term housing. It’s a trend that has been gaining momentum on the mainland in recent years.

Tents line both sides of Olomehani Street in Kakaako near the Ohe Street intersection.  30dec2014 photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The tents of homeless people line both sides of Olomehani Street in Kakaako near the Ohe Street intersection.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

In Room for Debate, the New York Times dissects some of the arguments for and against the policy. An excerpt:

More cities have adopted a homeless policy which might seem like common sense — give homeless people housing. Proponents say it saves money over time and is more humane.Opponents call it a naive approach to a complicated problem, which also costs too much.

Read the discussion here.

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