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Posted on: May 21, 2020

County of Maui begins work on temporary emergency shelter project for displaced residents

The County of Maui is partnering with local agencies to provide temporary emergency shelters and services for displaced families and individuals impacted by COVID-19.

Hawaii National Guardsmen and personnel from the Maui Fire Department and Department of Parks and Recreation will begin work on the shelters tomorrow, May 22, at Waiale Park. About 20 temporary shelters are planned to be placed at the park.

Security will be provided at Waiale Park for the safety and protection of residents. Sheltered individuals will be prescreened before being accepted. No drugs or alcohol will be allowed.

Units will be available for individuals, couples or families. Hygiene facilities will also be provided.

“We’re working with our local agency partners to provide wrap-around services, such as food assistance and outpatient and residential treatment, as part of the project,” Mayor Victorino said. “I want to stress that this is a temporary emergency measure. Our goal continues to be finding permanent housing for our residents.

“We also want to mahalo all our service providers and volunteers for their ongoing efforts to serve our community.”

More information, including an opening date for the temporary emergency shelter project, will be provided in the future.

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