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Shelters to be built in Waiale Park

County staff and Hawaii National Guardsmen will begin work today on temporary emergency shelters for displaced families and people impacted by COVID-19.

The guardsmen and personnel from the Maui Fire Department and Department of Parks and Recreation will be building about 20 temporary shelters in Waiale Park, the county said Thursday.

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

Security will be provided at the park to protect residents, and sheltered individuals will be prescreened before being accepted. No drugs or alcohol will be allowed.

“I want to stress that this is a temporary emergency measure,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “Our goal continues to be finding permanent housing for our residents.”

Victorino said the county would be working with local agencies to provide food assistance and outpatient and residential treatment as part of the project.

More information, including an opening date for the shelters, will be provided in the future, the county said.

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