MURP Students Release Research Project on the Effects of Sit-Lie Laws on Hawaii’s Houseless
Graduate students at the University of Hawai’i’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning Tai Dunson and Sarah Soakai, under the direction of the Professor of community planning Dr. Karen Umemoto, have released a telling research project as part of DURP’s PLAN604 Qualitative Methods course. The study analyzes Honolulu’s criminalization laws on its houseless population, including Sit-Lie, Sidewalk Nuisance, Stored Property and Park Closure ordinances.
The findings have been released just in time for the Honolulu City Council’s decision on expansions to Sit-Lie laws targeting Honolulu’s Houseless. The study’s authors interviewed the heads of households within three main houseless encampments in the Kapalama, Kaka‘ako, and A‘ala areas, over several weeks and with the help of student volunteers from several departments across UH.
The study’s three main findings were that the ordinances often result in property and economic loss, physical and psychological harm, and possibly even Constitutional violations. More can be found in news release links below, or in the report.