Saturday, November 24, 2007

Why not this homeless solution for Springfield?

There's lots of homeless news I will try to catch up on, but this really caught my eye-- don't know how long this link will stay live, so here's the whole story:

A nonprofit group feeding the homeless has new plans for getting people off the streets — tour buses.

The group called H-5, or Hawaii Helping the Hungry Have Hope, is unveiling the first two of a fleet of mobile homeless shelters for Oahu.

Nineteen used buses have been donated to H-5 director Utu Langi by Roberts Hawaii for the project.

Langi is removing the bus seats and having the interior of each 40-foot vehicle retrofitted with eight beds in small partitioned units.

H-5 has been distributing about 6,000 meals a month around Oahu to increasing numbers of homeless.

The group plans to introduced the buses Wednesday, kickoff for the annual Walk the Talk 130-mile trek around the island to raise awareness of homelessness.

One of the buses is to travel with the walkers to introduce the mobile shelter to the homeless. Langi says he hopes to have five buses ready as shelters by mid-2008.

The buses will drive up to areas where homeless congregate and offer the shelter through other organizations that will provide bathroom facilities, since the buses are not equipped with restrooms.

"The idea is also not to burden one community or one organization too long," Langi said, adding that the buses will offer better conditions than larger shelters and will reach people who won't or can't make it to the government-sponsored shelters.

"I'm hoping to help a lot of people with this goofy idea," Langi said.

SO: the hell with building a new shelter-- the one that Friends of the Homeless plans still won't be open 24 hours -- and put the money into permanent housing and a day centre, which people really need-- a place to get out of the weather, look for work and connect with services.

I'm trying to remember what year it was that Mayor Ryan called us together and said that the new shelter would break ground in the Spring. Still waiting.


Blossombabies said...

Michaelann, you never rest, you never sleep, you NEVER GIVE UP! You are a hero , you are my hero! and I am so glad have found you never left did you, I did!
humbly yours,(maybe you remember?)
Lynne Polito (and Sophie)

Michaelann Bewsee said...

OF COURSE I remember you! Are you still in Germany? What are you doing with yourself? How old is Sophie, now? How did you find my blog? Hope you'll email me at

Blossombabies said...

Michaelann! So good to hear from you! I wrote you an e-mail, I hope you got it? Take care of yourself and stay in touch!