Gov. David Ige announced Tuesday that his leadership team worked with a group of service providers to relocate about 10 percent of homeless people who were living at the encampment in Kakaako.

The team found spaces for 28 people — five families and six single adults — at Next Step and Institute for Human Services shelters, where a total of 27 people had recently left and moved into either permanent or longer-term transitional housing.

According to a survey conducted during the week of Aug. 3, nearly 300 people — including 31 families — were living at the Kakaako encampment.

Scott Morishige, who officially began his tenure as the governor’s coordinator on homelessness on Monday, said in a statement: “This movement of individuals and families from the streets into temporary shelters is significant because their lives have been changed for the better and because it demonstrates the positive outcomes we can achieve when the city and the state work together. Delayed enforcement in the area helped service providers move more people into shelters.”

Next Step Project Shelter. 17 feb 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The governor’s leadership team found spaces at Next Step (above) and Institute for Human Services shelters for 28 people who were living at Kakaako’s homeless encampment.

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