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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 9:32 p.m., Saturday, November 18, 2006

Lingle sees hope in Wai'anae homeless shelter

Advertiser Staff

Gov. Linda Lingle this morning toured the site of the state's temporary homeless emergency shelter adjacent to the Wai'anae Neighborhood Community Center in Wai'anae. When completed by the end of this year or early in 2007, the $6.5 million facility will be able to house 300 people.

Residents of the shelter will be individually assessed and assigned to programs and experts who can help them develop the skills necessary to acquire jobs, shift into the social mainstream and find affordable rentals or housing.

Construction crews poured 600 cubic yards of concrete for the foundation of one section of the facility. Lingle praised the project as the promise of hope for homeless children, women and men who have moved on to beach parks along the coast during the past two years.