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Saturday, August 20, 2011
Berg: Ansaldo will Cost Taxpayers $250M on Maintenance
By Tom Berg @ 5:01 PM :: 7096 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

One losing bidder in the procurement process advocated building the rail cars here- creating 150 local jobs on Oahu instead of in California. The losing bidder could also build and maintain the rail cars for $250 million less than what Ansaldo proposed. 

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Saturday, August 20, 2011
Half Billion Dollars for Solar on Hawaii Navy Bases
By News Release @ 2:34 AM :: 9536 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“This contract will be the largest installation of photovoltaic solar energy facilities in Hawaii’s history....”

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Thursday, August 18, 2011
Rep Ward: Governor's Report Long on Rhetoric, Short on Specifics
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:26 PM :: 6645 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...Abercrombie's solutions focus on spending more on government services rather than growing our economy and creating jobs. His statement today didn't even mention our small businesses or entrepreneurs ....

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Full Text: Djou Campaign Announcement
By Rep Charles Djou @ 6:51 PM :: 6295 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

 At stake is whether our children will find good jobs, whether our families will be able to stay in Hawai‘i, whether we will have the resources to protect our environment and provide the social services we pledged to provide.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Djou: Hawaii isolated, vulnerable due to lack of Bi-Partisan Delegation
By Selected News Articles @ 10:20 AM :: 11662 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Djou: “Hawaii, in particular, has become exceptionally isolated and vulnerable in Washington D.C because of the lack of a bipartisan congressional delegation...."

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Barbers Point Museum to Host 9-11 Commemoration
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 8461 Views :: Maui County, Energy, National News, World News
  • Where: Midway Street between Hangars 110 & 111 on Kalaeloa Airport, Kapolei, Hawaii
  • When: Saturday, September 10, 10 am-6 pm and Sunday, Sept. 11, 10 am-4 pm
  • Special: 10th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 10 am on Sunday, Sept. 11 
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Country-Western Singer Lee Greenwood to Headline Hawaii GOP Fundraiser
By Andrew Walden @ 12:50 AM :: 10706 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Featuring dinner and a solo performance by the country music icon known best for “God Bless the U.S.A,” the event is set for Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the Koolau Ballrooms at the Koolau Golf Course, 45-550 Kionaole Road, Kaneohe, Oahu.

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Monday, August 15, 2011
Abercrombie names Nakasone to First Circuit Court Bench
By News Release @ 9:10 PM :: 6346 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Honolulu – Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced Deputy Public Defender Karen Tooko Nakasone as his nomination to the judicial seat on the First Circuit Court.

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Monday, August 15, 2011
Abercrombie: 90-Day Homelessness Plan Comes to End
By News Release @ 12:47 PM :: 7107 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Governor Neil Abercrombie and his Coordinator on Homelessness, Marc Alexander, today concluded the 90-Day Plan on Homelessness....

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Monday, August 15, 2011
Waimanalo Gulch Cover-up: Hannemann, Martin fingered in Ethics Commission Report
By Andrew Walden @ 2:06 AM :: 10715 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Busted, named, and shamed by the Honolulu Ethics Commission, Honolulu Planning Commissioner Andrew Jamila has turned State’s Evidence and fingered others involved in a conspiracy to keep Waimanalo Gulch open....

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Thursday, August 11, 2011
St Sophia’s Priest found Not Guilty of Hawaii sex assault tells his story
By Selected News Articles @ 2:47 PM :: 10285 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On January 25, 2011, Winnipeg priest Father Bohdan Borowec arrived in Hawaii for the first time in his life....

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Trains Helped Kill the Greek Economy – They’ll Kill Hawaii’s too
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:05 PM :: 11284 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“Some years back a Greek finance minister, fed up with his country's waste and extravagance claimed that he could save money by shutting down the national railway and driving around its passengers in taxis.”

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Moody’s: Student Loans may be Next Bubble to Burst
By NCPA @ 1:30 PM :: 7247 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"Unless students limit their debt burdens, choose fields of study that are in demand, and successfully complete their degrees on time, they will find themselves in worse financial positions and unable to earn the projected income that justified taking out their loans in the first place."

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
V-J Day Kiss Statue to be Unveiled in Waikiki
By News Release @ 12:35 AM :: 7720 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

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Monday, August 8, 2011
Berg: Showdown on Landfill
By Tom Berg @ 4:52 PM :: 6776 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

...I have requested the deadline period for submitting comments be extended from August 13, to September 30 of this year....

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Saturday, August 6, 2011
Restoring Courage: Hawaii Stands with Israel August 24
By News Release @ 6:59 PM :: 14850 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

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Thursday, August 4, 2011
I Love Liliha Festival Aug 28
By News Release @ 3:36 PM :: 6121 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

"We are honored to have the sponsors we do to support the festival each year," says Representative Corinne W. L. Ching, "'I LOVE LILIHA' is nothing if not individual gems of the community arriving at one place and time, to remind residents why they should be proud to call Liliha home."

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Ewa Battlefield Preservation Hearing Thursday
By John Bond @ 10:02 PM :: 7038 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

The public is invited to attend the second and final Federal Section 106 PUBLIC HEARING Meeting on Thursday, August 4, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. which will be held at the Hale Pono`i Building at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) facility at 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011
Political Insiders aim to soak Electric Rate Payers with Bio-Fuel surcharge
By Henry Curtis @ 9:23 PM :: 11056 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

According to the Companies, the application of the biofuel surcharge “would apply to HELCO and HECO customers, and would add about 1/3 of a cent per kilowatt hour.”

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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Djou: Look forward to 2012
By Rep Charles Djou @ 12:03 PM :: 9256 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

As we look forward to 2012, I remain disappointed with our delegation's adherence to a partisan agenda that places party loyalty above the best interests of Hawaii's residents and our nation. If we are to protect and advance Hawaii's best interests in our nation's capital, we need a balanced delegation with representatives who can and will work with both Republicans and Democrats alike....

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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Oneula Burials: The Big Cover Up?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:26 AM :: 11667 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Queen Kaomileika'ahumanu - was buried at the Waipouli cave in the One'ula area. She died on October 31, 1796, but was removed from her burial without approval from the State's OIBC.  

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Fontaine Factor Video: Cybercrime in Hawaii
By Video @ 2:00 PM :: 11477 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

VIDEO: Jason Martin, of Secure DNA and Christopher Van Marter Senior Deputy of the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney White Collar Crime Unit discuss Cybercrime with Representative George Fontaine.... 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Local leaders step up to support Hawaii International Women’s Conference
By News Release @ 9:46 AM :: 9875 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

A growing list of women leaders from across the state have joined the Executive Advisory Council for Hawai‘i’s 8th annual International Women’s Leadership Conference (IWLC), taking place on September 20, 2011 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and Resort.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Governor Lingle to Speak at Grassroot Institute Fundraiser
By News Release @ 8:38 AM :: 9191 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment
  • DATE: Friday, July 29th, 2011
  • TIME: 11:30 am ~ 1:30 pm
  • LOCATION: Japanese Cultural Center / Manoa Grand Ballroom, 2454 S Beretania St, 5th Floor
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Featured on Glen Beck: Wallbuilders’ David Barton to speak at Hilo, Maui, Oahu events
By Selected News Articles @ 8:30 AM :: 17726 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment
  • HILO -- JULY 27, WEDNESDAY—1:00PM-3:00PM.
  • MAUI -- JULY 28, THURSDAY-- 5PM youth session, 6:30PM general session.
  • OAHU -- JULY 29, FRIDAY—6:30PM to 8:30PM.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Abercrombie creates Interagency Council on Homelessness
By News Release @ 8:14 PM :: 7541 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The Council will meet quarterly and report annually to the Governor, the Legislature and county mayors, including policy recommendations supporting the statewide plan.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Djou: East-West Center Troubles Points To Need For Bi-Partisan Delegation
By Rep Charles Djou @ 4:05 PM :: 9145 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...the East-West Center is under fire again, as Congress is looking at completely eliminating the center. The House Foreign Affairs Committee recently voted to wipe out the UH based facility. The center might again be saved in the U.S. Senate, but these difficulties will continue as long as Hawaii continues to send a one-sided and unbalanced delegation to Congress that is unable to speak with the new GOP majority in the U.S. House.... 

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Monday, July 25, 2011
Kaiser recognized as Top Medical Home System
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 10914 Views :: DHHL, Maui County, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Kaiser Permanente announced today that the Honolulu Clinic and Kihei and Lahaina Clinics on Maui, and their primary care providers have received the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Physician Practice Connections Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition....

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Sunday, July 24, 2011
Line up for a Mayoral Campaign? Ernie Martin, Ann Kobayashi, Milton Holt, One Ton of Cocaine, and Kamehameha Schools
By Andrew Walden @ 11:50 PM :: 17715 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Documents filed with the Hawaii State Ethics Commission show that a $1000 per person March 15 campaign fundraiser for Honolulu Council Chair Ernie Martin held at the home of Kamehameha Schools lobbyist Linda Y Wong was organized by convicted cocaine dealer Chad Tsuneyoshi—who now serves as Martin’s campaign treasurer.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011
Navy Proposes Two new Historic Districts for Ewa Field
By John Bond @ 4:01 PM :: 9994 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Details about the 1941 Ewa Field Battlefield history and Section 106 process will be presented by the US Navy on August 4th at the DHHL Building in Kapolei. 

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Sunday, July 24, 2011
Berg: Time is now to stop Waimanalo Gulch Extension
By Tom Berg @ 9:27 AM :: 6553 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

The Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill is destined to plague our district for another decade or more unless we act to stop it.  General comments are being accepted up to August 13.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011
Hanabusa’s Chief of Staff covered for Congressman twice accused of Sex Assault
By Andrew Walden @ 1:30 PM :: 10675 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

After years as the Congressional chief of staff for Rep Wu (D-OR), Julie Tippens this January quit to take a job as chief of staff for Rep Colleen Hanabusa (D-Oahu).

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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Military to be Disenfranchised so Meth dealer’s friend can keep Senate Seat?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:49 PM :: 15114 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

On March 5, 2007--just four months after her 2006 Lt Governor run gave Hawaii Democrats their worst gubernatorial defeat since Statehood—Solomon led about 100 people to sit in at the the Federal District Courtroom of Judge Michael Seabright to support her friend, Shawn Aguiar—the Big Island's largest methamphetamines dealer.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Berg: Sludge Digester sacrificed to fund Rail
By Tom Berg @ 9:46 PM :: 6820 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

“The Mayor is facing a turning point in his term, either he can direct resources to resolve flooding, drainage, water, sewer, and road repairs and embark upon upgrades to various treatment plants and recycling efforts, or continue to divert taxpayers’ money to fund a heavy-rail system riddled with graft on all fronts."

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Monday, July 18, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted July 18
By Selected News Articles @ 6:09 PM :: 7876 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

 Recent Congressional Votes

  • House: Better Use of Light Bulbs Act
  • House: Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011
    • House: Energy-Water Appropriations, FY2012
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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Senate Race: Hanabusa sees Remake of 2002 Gubernatorial Election
By Selected News Articles @ 3:12 PM :: 7859 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Mazie Hirono and Ed Case batter each other in a contested Democratic primary, then the survivor meets and loses to Lingle in the general election."

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Friday, July 15, 2011
Response to Star-Advertiser: Rail Opponents list Alternative Traffic Solutions
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 8413 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Borreca's column today is an interesting one but we do quibble with his following conclusion:  "... the anti-rail contingent has yet to show its own alternative traffic solution. Honolulu's real traffic jam is the city's inability to move a plan that has overwhelming public support."

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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Ewa Field Battlefield Survey Report released by Navy
By John Bond @ 11:56 PM :: 11232 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

July 19th PUBLIC HEARING at the DHHL Hawaii Pono'i Bldg. That's Tuesday July 19, 2011, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, Hawaii.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Hanalani School Returns Home with Second International Botball Tournament Win
By News Release @ 11:32 PM :: 9022 Views :: Maui County, Energy

Hanalani School is a robotic force to be reckoned with. After three days of intense international competition, the Miliani students were named tournament champions for the second year in a row ....

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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Berg: Restore Funding for Sand Island Wastewater Treatment
By Tom Berg @ 10:56 PM :: 7531 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

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Thursday, July 14, 2011
NYT: Book Challenges Obama on Mother’s Deathbed Fight
By Selected News Articles @ 10:25 AM :: 8148 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The White House on Wednesday declined to challenge an account in a new book that suggests that President Obama, in his campaign to overhaul American health care, mischaracterized a central anecdote about his mother’s deathbed dispute with her insurance company.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
For me but not for thee: Punahou Obama praises school choice
By Selected News Articles @ 12:57 PM :: 8381 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The president explained that if it were not for the scholarship he received to attend a prestigious private school in Hawaii when he was ten years old, he would not be president today. Lindsey Burke, education analyst at The Heritage Foundation, says she was astonished by the remark.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Thielen: Environmental Assessment required to truck Sludge from Sand Island to Kailua
By Andrew Walden @ 1:56 AM :: 9764 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

"Please know that I will pursue all available means to ensure that the Department of Environmental Services does not commence trucking raw sewage to the Kailua plant until it fulfills its comprehensive legal requirements under Chapter 343, HRS." -- Rep Thielen

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Police, Prosecutors to discuss Cybercrime at Capitol
By News Release @ 12:26 AM :: 10859 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Briefing on Cybercrime to be held Tuesday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 309.

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Monday, July 11, 2011
Honolulu: Mega Rail Project in a Micro City
By Selected News Articles @ 11:22 AM :: 8285 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Honolulu is still completing the paperwork for its heavy rail, but preparatory construction has already started. This irrational project needs to be stopped.

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Monday, July 11, 2011
Barack Sr. so repulsive, even Abercrombie thought he was Arrogant
By Selected News Articles @ 2:26 AM :: 11566 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Back in Nairobi, says one government official, Obama Sr. would “slam his fist on the table” and claim that a rival “knows nothing about math or economics”; he would go on to describe other colleagues as “intellectual dwarfs.” As college friend and current Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie tells Jacobs, Obama Sr. could never “contain his irritation with people who were not as facile as he, and he did not hesitate to say so.”

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Friday, July 8, 2011
Berg: Makaha Town Meeting July 12
By Tom Berg @ 11:35 PM :: 7527 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

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Thursday, July 7, 2011
Immigration Records: Obama was to have been put up for Adoption at Honolulu Salvation Army Home
By Selected News Articles @ 3:26 PM :: 12034 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“Subject got his USC wife ‘Hapai’ [Hawaiian for pregnant] and although they were married they do not live together and Miss Dunham is making arrangements with the Salvation Army to give the baby away,’’ according to a memo describing the conversation with Obama written by Lyle H. Dahling, an administrator in the Honolulu office of what was then called the US Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Rep Pine: “If you have been a victim of internet crime, I want to help”
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 9:10 PM :: 8431 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Recently, my own website and email were hacked into and meddled with. Sadly, numerous people have come to me since that incident with similar experiences. This is a widespread problem from which no one is guaranteed complete protection. 

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Abercrombie Administration: State homeless plan on track
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 7636 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“At first, we questioned the state’s call to relocate our services,” said Brother Sage of Ohana Family of the Living God Ministry, which is in the process of moving its services from A'ala Park to coordinate efforts with the Institute for Human Services’ shelters. “But after much thought and collaboration, we see the potential of benefits to the community that our change and transition in service will make. We are still fulfilling our mission of serving those who need our help while contributing to our collective goal of creating solutions to end homelessness.”

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