- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A Maui-based outreach organization is proposing to build a campground facility in Lahaina as a way to help the island’s growing homeless population but residents are fighting the project.

The Maui News reports (https://bit.ly/1gfsm6i ) that the Hoomoana Foundation will meet Tuesday with the Maui Planning Commission to discuss a permit for the Kauaula Campgrounds project.

The project would provide eight camp sites on about 2 acres along Hokiokio Place adjacent to the Lahaina Bypass.

Neighbors call the proposal a “tent city” that would deter tourists from West Maui, lower property values and attract crime.

A 2015 Statewide Point in Time count shows Maui County has more than 1,100 people who are homeless.

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Information from: The Maui News, https://www.mauinews.com


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