House passes bill to create night parking lots for homeless

Several lawmakers had concerns about sanitation

 UPDATED 3:39 PM HST Mar 08, 2013
Homeless
HONOLULU -

The state House of Representatives passed a bill that would authorize the designation of temporary nighttime parking lots in each county to provide safe overnight parking for homeless individuals who live and sleep in their motor vehicles.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Rida Cabanilla, who represents Ewa Villages, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry and Ocean Pointe.

During the debate several legislators expressed concerns about sanitation, but House Speaker Joseph Souki, Majority Leader Scott Saiki and Representative Marcus Oshiro applauded Cabanilla on her efforts to deal with a problem that continues to plague the community.

"I realize this bill is controversial" said Cabanilla, chair of the Committee on Housing, "But many of these people are the working homeless and their families.  We have been trying to address the homeless problem for years without a lot of success.  This bill is a cost effective measure that will impact the homeless directly. Let's try it."

The bill was sent to the Senate for further consideration.

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