Photo courtesy 808tunesin.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy 808tunesin.blogspot.com

The public is invited to a community meeting to have an intimate conversation with Marc Alexander, Hawaii’s homelessness coordinator. The meeting is hosted by The Parish of St. Clement and Representative Della Au Belatti.  Coffee and light refreshments from Sure Shot Café will be served.

The meeting will focus on:

1.       Governor Neil Abercrombie’s philosophy towards addressing the multi-faceted problem of homelessness;
2.       The State’s 90-Day Plan on Homelessness in Hawaii; and
3.       How faith-based communities, charitable organizations, and regular citizens can be part of the State’s efforts to eliminate homelessness.

Date:     Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Time:    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Place:    St. Clement Church, Parish Hall (1515 Wilder Avenue – at the corner of Makiki Street)

Marc Alexander is a former Vicar General for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu. He leads the State’s homeless initiative, including the 90-Day Plan on Homelessness in Hawaii, which outlines an initial and immediate 9-point action plan to begin ending homelessness in Hawaii. The plan’s nine specific objectives are as follows:

  • Identify and assess people who are chronically homeless for immediate services in Waikiki and the urban core of Honolulu.
  • Support the chronically homeless and chronically mentally ill who need mental health treatment.
  • Identify available substance abuse treatment services and gaps in services to maximize access for the chronically homeless in need.
  • Identify and provide outreach as early as possible where persons who are homeless are established or increasing in number.
  • Coordinate community efforts to maintain clean public areas.
  • Ensure that existing shelters are maximized for capacity and service.
  • Provide information about sound relocation and financial planning, including Hawai’i’s high cost of living, to individuals and families outside of Hawai’i who inquire about the availability of services.
  • Establish the State Interagency Council on Homelessness.
  • Educate the general public about the most effective means to eliminate homelessness.

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