Historic effort aids homeless community
Fifteen outreach services gathered in Kaka'ako Wednesday offering aid and their services to the homeless community.
The groups offered services such as wound care, veterinary care, legal services, housing services, haircuts, showers and dental care.
"It’s amazing to see the amount of people who have come out to support us and to see the amount of people who came out to access the services that are being provided here. It’s just, it’s amazing" said Aura Reyes, of Ka po'e o Kaka'ako, the homeless encampment in Kaka'ako.
What makes this event so special, however is that it was not organized by one group, the city or the state. It was organized by Reyes and other members of Ka po'e o Kaka'ako. The organizers are all formerly or currently experiencing homelessness themselves.
According to the City & County of Honolulu, 13 people and a puppy were transferred to housing Wednesday.
Reyes says that around 100 homeless people showed up and at least inquired about services. She hopes to make this fair a quarterly event.