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his isn’t a Federal Emergency Management Agency camp. It’s a tiny home community on Oahu, Hawaii, for unhoused people.
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A clip from a 2022 TV news clip from Oahu, Hawaii, is being mischaracterized on social media as showing a concentration camp.
"Hawaii news on strange concentration camp," text over the video in a Sept. 14 Facebook post says.
A person describes the news report and others in the video as showing "little cabins" in "very strange camps" that would allow officials to pump "noxious or incapacitating gas on a cabin-by-cabin basis."
"I can’t shake this sinking feeling in my gut that maybe these are extermination camps," the person says.
"FEMA CAMPS," the post’s caption says.
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These aren’t Federal Emergency Management Agency concentration camps designed to kill people.
Rather, as KITV-TV in Hawaii reported in April 2022, it’s a tiny home community for homeless people, including U.S. military veterans.
The project was created by the state’s then-lieutenant governor and U.S. Vets, a nonprofit that aims to help find veterans and their families housing.
The tiny homes featured in the news report are adjacent to a U.S. Vets facility.
We rate claims it’s a FEMA concentration camp Pants on Fire!
Facebook post, Sept. 14, 2023
KITV 4, U.S. Vets Hawaii hosts event for tiny home residents at Kama‘okū Kauhale, April 6, 2022
U.S. Vets, KAMA’OKŪ KAUHALE, visited Sept. 21, 2023
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