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as we've been hearing a group of residents, volunteers and survivors of grenfell tower met theresa may at downing street on saturday afternoon. the bishop of kensington, the right reverend dr graham tomlinson, was also there. mark lobel spoke to him afterwards. i think it was a good meeting. i think it was a good meeting that enabled residents in the local area here to really express their frustrations and their hopes, their anger, their desires, and to put before the prime minister the things they really want to say. i think was a good thing to do and i think residents came away feeling that they had been heard and could say what they wanted to say. how did the meeting come about, and who was able to talk first? can you talk us through how the meeting went? it came about because... i was approached by number 10 on... i can't remember which day it was.
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yesterday, i think it was. i have been a volunteer the entire week. and the town approached me saying, could we pull together a group of representatives from the local area to have a conversation with the prime minister? and we worked very closely with st clements church, which is very well—connected in the local area, and brought together a group of people who were not representing anybody in particular, but people who were affected by the tragedy. there were people there who were survivors from grenfell tower itself, evacuees, local residents, there were volunteers, community leaders, and that was a group that was there. there has been a lot of discussion about the government understands people's needs here. are you more confident that they do, after theresa may's reaction? i am certainly hopeful that she listened. we all came away feeling that she listened very carefully. it was a robust conversation with forceful emotion in the room. people were able to say
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what they wanted to say. and we felt that that was listened to very carefully. time will tell what difference that will make. we are, i think, cautiously hopeful that we were listened to and hopefully that some of the statements coming out of number 10 indicate that something will come from it. the meeting lasted about 2.5 hours. what were you asking for, face—to—face? well, there were all sorts of things mentioned, probably too many to mention here. one thing was that they really value their community. there was a strong sense that they love living here and would not like to live anywhere else. they love the variety, the vibrance in the area, which we have seen in this past week. i think they wanted to say that the local community needs to be listened to, and that rather than decisions being made
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without them, that really concern them, they are not really consulted, they really wanted to make sure that residents were listened to and that they were involved as solutions were found to the problems that had been identified. they also wanted to say that this is the beginning of the process. we hope that the meetings we have had over the past couple of days are not the end of the process, but the beginning of a new culture of listening between government, council, local residents, and that we were to a better future for everybody. were you promised more meetings? at this stage, only two. we are unaware if more will come. others have been meeting with the government and council as well. i think this is all part of a patchwork of conversations that will hopefully lead to something more constructive. now on bbc news — our world. a wise glamorous image as a picture postcard paradise belies a deep social malaise. we've the highest per capita rate
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of homelessness in the country, which is ironic because we have some of the greatest concentrations of wealth as well. i think it could be a tempest building up and that pressure, we can't allow to explode. a surge in homelessness is pushing the system to breaking point, exposing an ugly social divide in the aloha state. i think we're one of the stronger communities as far as getting together and saying we don't want the homeless in our neighbourhood and we need to be strong and vocal and try to do whatever we can to keep them out. you can't have a civil society where it's ok for someone to defecate in front of burberry's and wipe their ass on the corner of the building. i'm sorry, all right, it doesn't work. with authorities cracking down on homeless camps, there's growing disquiet about criminalising the poor and vulnerable. you know, we are living
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in our cultural rights. some tell us different. you know, some tell us that we're living wrong, but i don't think so. as the crisis worsens, a remarkable group of women are forging ahead with their own solution. before you leave this place, i will make sure that i changed your mind about homeless and houseless people. in just a few years, hawaii has been caught up in a crisis of homelessness. thousands live rough on beaches, in parks and on streets, their lives mired in poverty and trauma. authorities are struggling to contain the spread. can we cover that for you, please?
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go to hell. if you won't give me water, get out of my face. to say that we were caught off guard may be only part of the story. we were, to a degree, but also we saw an incredible surge, just in the last few years. it's why it's become our biggest issue. i'd say it's attracted more attention, at least from my perspective, than any other issue in the last 20 years here in hawaii. it's very expensive to live in hawaii. in most cases, people have to work two jobs to pay their rent or to buy a house. so it's always been expensive, but then when there was a surge in costs because there's been
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an inventory shortage, we saw it become impossible for some middle—class people to afford housing, and they became homeless. so that was another big problem. now you had poverty, increased cost of living, methamphetamine addiction. there was a wave of drug addiction which really fries people's brains and that makes it impossible to function in normal society, and a lot of those people end up on the street. about a fifth of hawaii's homeless population have recently moved here from the mainland. attracted by the idea that life is easier in the island state, they often discover a different reality. in honolulu, filthy hovels inside stormwater drains and under motorways have sparked panicked alarms over public health and safety. as elsewhere in the united states, here, the average life expectancy for a homeless individual is just 51 years old. my name is nick grube, i'm
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a reporter with honolulu civil beat, and we are an investigative news outlet based in honolulu, hawaii. i've walked this street several times before, a few years ago. it's just continued to grow to where now, as you can see, we're walking through the middle of the street right now because the sidewalks are covered in people's homes. basically, the city is looking at including this street in its sit—lie ban which would mean that all of this will have to go. but the question is — where will the people go? and that's what the city's been struggling with for years. now they're going to have to pack up and move on,
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or have their belongings taken. the idea is, is that if you've been disrupted, it will make you uncomfortable enough to maybe, perhaps, make better decisions about your life and accept the help that's being offered, because there is a great deal of help being offered. the sit and lie laws are controversial, with critics claiming that they criminalise the homeless. it was along waikiki beach that the city first introduced its sit and lie crackdown after hotels and other businesses loudly complained that the homeless camps were spooking tourists. a lot of people have ideological and emotional blinders on that
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really distorts their common sense. if you piss on the tourist industry, there's a huge economic cost that will create more poverty and will reduce the tax base which, by the way, homeless services are dependent upon. we might even find some here today. even though they've cleared out, they come back. we've got a chair left over. lane goodall says she's on a mission to keep her community clean and safe. we have laws in hawaii that state it's illegal to live on the streets. and we have this state of lawlessness right now. see, we have some graffiti here now. with the help of other local residents, she patrols the streets
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of hawaii kai, looking for any signs of the homeless. so again, you see the post—it sign there now for private property. as soon as you see one tent go up, the community needs to call the police, call the city, call the state and get them taken away. once you have one tent, then two tents, then you're outnumbered. when homeless camps began springing up in local parks and bushland, residents began worrying about property values and the risk of brush fires engulfing their million—dollar homes. the knife, and he plunges after this man... like many locals in hawaii kai, lane views the island's homelessness as a lifestyle choice. a lot of the people here are one—way tickets from the mainland. word of mouth is kind of spreading and people on cell phones and social media now. .— a lotfof. theshomgess
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one of the biggest reasons we did this today was because this bridge is actually a flood zone and it rains a lot in hawaii. so when the water comes down, we don't want people to get hurt. there was a house here, a dwelling. yeah. there was a dwelling. we can see that. most of the people here have already left and the rest scramble to gather their belongings and leave to avoid trouble with the police. so you see it going all the way out to the water and then you see the trails there as well. yeah.
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there's maybe about five or six camp sites. spreading out into the nearby mangroves, this camp was extensive and several young families were living here. for young homeless outreach workers like casey, who try to get families shelter, it's a difficult challenge. it's really hard, especially because, you know, these kids go to school and their classmates know that they're, you know, going home to no homes. none of those caught up in today's sweep seem interested in outside help. do you want to stay with these friendly folks? no, i'm fine. ok, we'll see you later then, minus the bike. that's not yours. minus the bike? yeah. homeless is not illegal. it's not against the law to be homeless. yeah. so we can't arrest people for no apparent reason. yeah. hi, i'm heather. what is your name? bobby. bobby? nice to meet you. yeah? it got infected and i went to the doctor, and the doctor put me in a hospital for one week.
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oh, my! my name is heather wayab. i'm the community outreach rn at ihs. ok, thank you. ok, you're welcome. i could not believe that these people were walking, talking, and functioning, you know, eating and able to walk about with these horrendous wounds — wounds that we never saw, really, in school or in the hospital because they're really big and infected and abscesses, and all kinds of crazy stuff. the homeless are the people that have the least political clout so they get forgotten too often, until the system begins to crash. are you having any pain right now?
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just a headache. 0k. well, we're gonna to get you in a room shortly and we're gonna do a physical exam, ok? thanks, sarah. i think the biggest frustration is that you are a physician who really wants to see their patients get better, is to see that revolving door. ok, very good. it's like this horrific groundhog day of sorts that occurs every two weeks with these individuals, because theyjust aren't able to access or have those determinants of help of their social care, to be squirrelled away once they leave our four walls and they sufferand they fail and they come back, battered and beaten and broken and at death's door. and we start over again. queen's medical center is on the front line of hawaii's explosion in homelessness, seeing hundreds of patients every week, some of them costing more than $1 million a year each in medical care. what do you do when you got some individuals who are struggling
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greatly, who need our compassionate support, but who also are threatening the entire health economy of our state? in order to get ahead of an explosive problem, you have to have a new model of solution. my model is a new model. as a practising emergency room doctor, senatorjosh green understands the grave health risks of homelessness, and he's proposing a radical solution... yeah, i think this is going to be the first time that we're going to have a hybrid programme that's both seamless and compltely integrated, so... ..treat homelessness as a medical condition and allow doctors to prescribe housing for the homeless, paid for by federal medical funds. the idea is simple — get people into homes and save billions of dollars. it's resources that are already in the budget, in the medicaid budget.
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but it totally flips how we use them, so that we can actually avail ourselves of a lot of housing quickly. if we don't, we'll see the problem grow. it could get much worse if we don't have a game—changer. while prescribing housing could be a game—changer, the average price of a home in hawaii is around us$700,000, making affordability a major hurdle. amidst hawaii's housing crunch, there is a growing push to recognise alternative communities. hello, my name is twinkle borge and i am the leader here. the name means refugee, people of the land, the caretakers. how you live is who you are, that is how i feel.
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the recyclables, put it away where it belongs. and the rubbish. feed the cat. come and get this rubbish. this is no ordinary homeless encampment. anyone who comes to live here must sign a contract to agree to the rules. amongst them, every resident must contribute eight hours a week to community service. this is our community service. each section will have their areas to concentrate on, to rebuild, fix up. so like, they have decided to put fences in, as a community, go and help strengthen your walls and what not. if rubbish needs to be put out, you will see our vehicles coming
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in to collect the rubbish. the encampment is built from tarpaulins, tent poles and recycled goods, but there is little protection from the elements. so we usually use these palettes for rebuilding your flooring, to keep your tent off the ground. so when it rains or anything you're not in the water. when you do get high tide here, you notice the ocean, this water can come as far as that tree. so these palettes play a big roll here. what have you got there? baby chicken. this cohesive community is remarkably organised, divided into different sections, each led by a captain. most of them are women. my real name is rose. i am one of the leaders out here. we use maternal instincts.
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all the women here have that. and when it comes to the little ones, it's automatic. we automatically protect the little ones. our children, oursafety, our rules, everything is based upon the safety of our children. with the safety of the children paramount, there are stringent rules and a three strikes and you're out system. this is the donation card, we have a donation thing. twinkle‘s adopted son, adam, helps to enforce them. if you steal it is an automatic out. so, especially if it is around here. or if it's out there and it comes in here, you're automatically out, completely. i will come back, twinkle will let me know, she will give me the papers of the violations, i will go and read it to them and they will sign it. and then if it happens two more times, we get three chances, right on the third chance, i come in and i kick you right out. my name is adam, i am twinkle‘s son.
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she has been my inspiration for a long time. i don't even need to be living like this. like, in an encampment. i can go straight into a home, but i choose not to. i choose to stay here because i love the people and i love how things work here. it's inspiring. the resilience of this remarkable community is admirable. the only electricity is from those lucky enough to own and fuel a generator and the nearest toilets are hundreds of metres away in a local park. the biggest concern is water. with water pipes cut off to the camp, residents need to fill bottles and cart them from a camp
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at the nearby marina. it is one of the many daily chores that keeps this place going. how come the hawaiians are struggling here? you know, this is our land. you came here, you took our land from us and left us like that. just an hour's drive from honolulu, the reality of life for these hawaiians is vastly different to the one that mainland tourists enjoy. twinkle became homeless 1a years ago. creating this community has been a long struggle. i came out here in october of 2003. i was working two full—time jobs. but i fell in love with someone who i thought would never fool around on me and i became so depressed.
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i had all this money that was saved, everything, to find out that this person wiped me out of my money and everything. twinkle firmly believes that home is where the heart is. for me, homeless is someone who lives in a van, who has no home. but i live in a tent, that is my home. i have had tour groups that come in and many times i straightout tell them, before you leave this place, i will make sure that i change your mind about homeless and how homeless people that live out in the elements as we do. and many times i have. they are amazed at what the people do here. they are amazed because once they pass these double poles, they feel that rush of aloha. it's that certain angle. it comes like this. buoyed by the success of their community, twinkle
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and her team captains have big plans for the future. the community wants the right to lease the land where they live and to build more durable homes with solar power and proper sanitation. they also want fences and security cameras to keep them safe. but the camp's future is far from guaranteed. behind closed doors, there is an ongoing discussion between those who want it dismantled and its residents put into shelters and those who want it recognised and preserved. basically, we're just homeless in our own homes, that is how i feel. many locals regard the camp as an eyesore and a perceived magnet for crime, amidst concerns that it is growing too big. so far, despite twinkle‘s pleas, hawaii's governor has held back from making any commitment
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to letting them stay. they believe we have over 500 and i said we cannot afford more than 500 here. we can fit maybe 300 comfortably, but we usally stay under the radar of 300. twinkle says she will do what it takes to save her community, but she is confident that she can convince her detractors. we have a little squabble, i am not looking at it as a huge fight. i don't know why they are afraid of working with us. as hawaii grapples with its homeless crisis, there is also a sense of hope that enterprising solutions can be found to alleviate the pressure. twinkle believes her camp could serve as a model for other houseless communities across the islands. she says it is not only time for new ideas,
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but a new mindset as well. this is reality, you know? if they want to learn more about the situation and come up with a solution, come and sit down with us. because the answer lies here, not there. not in their office, not in their books, here. hello again. you did't need to catch a 2,000—mile flight to enjoy some hot summer weather. with temperatures in teddington hitting 30 degrees yesterday, teddington was actually hotter than teneriffe. the hottest weather the uk's had
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so far this year with the heat widespread across england and wales. parts of scotland and northern ireland not too bad either. we had beautiful skies, too, this was a weather watcher picture showing the sunshine but it was not sunny everywhere. to the north—west of the uk we have a weather front bringing damp weather today into the western side of scotland, particularly the north—west, mind you. it's a very mild start to the day, if you've not been out already. it will rise quickly in thejune strong sunshine. across the north—west we have some slightly thicker cloud and it will be damp with spots of rain on and off for the western isles and highlands of scotland where it never gets that warm. where the sunshine comes out later in the afternoon in southern and eastern scotland, southern and eastern scotland, southern and eastern scotland, southern and eastern northern ireland, warm again with temperatures in the mid— twenties. in england and wales, a glorious start to the day, then a breath of wind and temperatures rocketing up
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quickly, this is 9am and we're already up to 2a in london. another hot day. plenty of sunshine around and that sunshine will get to work on the cloud in northern ireland and scotla nd on the cloud in northern ireland and scotland so it will try to brighten up scotland so it will try to brighten up with sunshine, staying dull and damp in north—western areas. through the rest of the days temperatures rocketing upwards, ahok today with highs of 31 in london, 26 also in newcastle and the mid—20s in edinburgh again. that he could spark an isolated thunderstorm in east anglia and south—east england, you'd be unlucky to catch that. most will have a dry day. high—level sorpe in an very high levels of uv, so if you're outside for any live of time during the strong sunshine in the middle of the day and put on some sunshine. over the next few days it will be hot in southern parts of the uk but fresh air coming around the high pressure affecting northern and eastern parts. temperatures dropping away. sheffield, 27, down to 20 from
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monday to tuesday as the cooler and cloudy weather arrives but staying on the one side for much of the week ahead for the south of the uk. that's the latest weather, bye for 110w. welcome to bbc news broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. our top stories: 58 people are presumed to have died in the london tower block fire — police warn that number is expected to rise. that number, 58, may change. i really hope it won't, but it may increase. relatives and volunteers meet with prime minster theresa may at downing street as she admits the government's response, in the hours after the disaster, was not good enough. bill cosby walks free from court after a jury is unable to reach a verdict in his sexual assault case. the prosecution wants a retrial. in the philippines, more than 300 people have been killed
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