A local family reacts to the deferment of two bills that aimed to move the homeless off sidewalks and make it illegal to defecate or urinate in public. The Martin family has been struggling to raise their 3 year old girl on the streets of Kakaako for close to a year. They say they are not criminals.
“My daughter doesn’t know it but she got the most precious gift God could have given her for her birthday, that is to clear her name. They would have considered her a criminal if they would have passed that bill,” says Tabitha Martin.
Tabatha says the reason they are homeless is because of a heart attack her husband Tracy had last year which caused him to lose his job. She believes the initiatives put in place do not help but rather hurt the homeless.
“Each sweep that happens actually paralyzes us, pushes us back ten steps out of the five steps we move forward,” says Tabatha Martin.
The Martin family fears the bills meant to remove the homeless from the streets will just be delayed but not shelved completely.