Proposal calls for hygiene centers for homeless in Hawaii

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HONOLULU — The Honolulu City Council is looking at a proposal to establish places where the homeless and others can take showers, use toilets and wash their clothes.

The measure introduced by Councilman Joey Manahan calls for Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration to look into hygiene centers.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says the concept appears to be working in Seattle, where the Urban Rest stop Has been operating for more than a decade.

Manahan says he’s confident the idea could work in downtown Honolulu, Waikiki or other places where the homeless gather.

Manahan initially looked at the concept of paid, self-cleaning toilets, but some mainland cities have reported such facilities turned into havens for prostitution and illegal drugs.

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