Late last year my office convened a meeting at the site of the old Kahului Safeway to hear from the business community. County officials including Mayor Victorino and representatives from Maui Police Department and the Department of Housing & Human Concerns (DHHC) listened to attendees' concerns and shared their current initiatives and future plans to help reduce the number of unsheltered individuals in the area, and increase safety for businesses and their customers.

While this discussion took place pre-Covid, the concerns expressed have been a key ingredient in my work with the community. I have been working with DHHC on the most effective ways to incorporate the efforts by secular and faith-based community organizations into the County's "Housing First" program, which is aimed at providing shelter to the unsheltered.