City cracks down on homeless sweep of some parks and sidewalksUPDATED 7:02 PM HST Jul 18, 2013Video Transcript
Cracking down, cleaning up... and today it was a team effort. The city brought along state workers on a homeless sweep of some parks and sidewalks. KITV4's Justin Fujioka shows us how it went down. This was the wake-up call for dozens of homeless in Kakaako. Rousted out of the spot where they spent the night and ordered to move on! Since July First, Bill Seven allows city crews to remove private property from public sidewalks without a 24-hour notice. On this day, just 15 minutes... and state crews joined in the sweep. Jesse Broder Van Dyke: "THE CITY OWNS THE SIDEWALKS AND THE ROADS AND THE STATE OWNS THE GRASSY AREA AND THE PARKS AND THE PARKING LOTS. SO, ENFORCEMENT TEAMS FROM BOTH THE CITY AND THE STATE ARE HERE, SO THAT IF PEOPLE TRY TO MOVE FROM PLACE TO PLACE THERE CAN BE CONSISTENT ENFORCEMENT." Most moved their items, but some left things behind. You can ask the city to store it... but under the new law, it costs 200-dollars to get it back. Marc Alexander: "THIS ISN'T HOUSEKEEPING SERVICE FOR THOSE WHO ARE ON THE STREETS, THIS IS A SERIOUS ATTEMPT TO REACH OUT AND HELP PEOPLE." In most sweeps, the city says non-profits are on hand for outreach. And I-H-S says it's out at homeless sites almost everyday with a psychiatrist. Marc Alexander: "AND SO THIS KIND OF ENCOURAGES THEM AND REMINDS THOSE WHO ARE ON THE STREET, THAT THERE IS AN OPTION FOR THEM AND IT'S A COMPASSIONAT E, HELPFUL OPTION THAT LEADS THEM TO HEALTH, HOUSING AND IF APPROPRIATE, EMPLOYMENT." Justin Fujioka: "A LITTLE AFTER NOON, JUST THE CITY CREW MOVED FROM KAKAAKO TO HERE, THE MAKUA SIDE OF ALA MOANA BOULEVARD NEAR THE ALA WAI CANAL." Jun Yang: "NOBODY LIKES TO BE MOVED, AND ROUSED FROM WHERE THEY'RE AT AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT, THE SIDEWALK IS NOT A SAFE OR APPROPRIATE PLACE FOR ANYBODY TO LIVE." But many homeless say, a shelter doesn't give them the freedoms they want, like having a pet. Jun Yang: "WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS TO TAKE THESE BARRIERS DOWN, TO GET PEOPLE HOUSED. SO IF ITS NOT A SHELTER, CAN WE WE GET A PERSON INTO A HOUSING UNIT, A RENTAL UNIT. SOMETHING THAT IS AFFORDABLE TO THEM." Justin Fujioka, KITV4 News. A week ago, the city began accepting requests that waive the 200-dollar fee to get back stored items. Late this afternoon, at least four people were back on the sidewalks in Kakaako. The city says it will be consistent with its sweeps each week.