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Ticket-home plan can help homeless


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 03, 2014

~~<p>Hawaii's appeal is undeniable, as alluring to down-and-outers who fantasize about a fresh start in paradise as it is to the tourists who arrive with plenty of cash and reliably return home after a week or so of fun in the sun. Too many of the former risk the steady supply of the latter &mdash; especially when the one-way ticket crowd is on full display on the sidewalks of Waikiki.</p>
<p>This bottom-line fact is driving a number of initiatives to reduce the impacts of homelessness on Oahu, some of which actually help needy individuals and others that mainly make their plight less visible, especially to the tourists whose spending powers Hawaii's economy.</p>
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Hawaii's appeal is undeniable, as alluring to down-and-outers who fantasize about a fresh start in paradise as it is to the tourists who arrive with plenty of cash and reliably return home after a week or so of fun in the sun. Too many of the former risk the steady supply of the latter — especially when the one-way ticket crowd is on full display on the sidewalks of Waikiki.

This bottom-line fact is driving a number of initiatives to reduce the impacts of homelessness on Oahu, some of which actually help needy individuals and others that mainly make their plight less visible, especially to the tourists whose spending powers Hawaii's economy. Login for more...



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