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More homeless from Mother Waldron now in shelters

The city, state and social service outreach workers from Kalihi-Palama Health Care have encouraged an additional 11 homeless people living in and around Mother Waldron Neighborhood Park in Kakaako to move into shelters. Read More
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More homeless from Mother Waldron Park move into shelters

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The city, state and social service outreach workers from Kalihi-Palama Health Care have encouraged another 11 homeless people who had been living in and around Mother Waldron Neighborhood Park in Kakaako to move into shelters. Read More
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Kakaako homeless shuffle expected after repeat park closure

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Kakaako’s homeless are ready to disperse — again — when the city shuts down Mother Waldron Neighborhood Park on Tuesday for six weeks of “maintenance.” Read More
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Campers migrate daily from Kakaako sidewalks to Mother Waldron Park

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Marjorie Pua, an ABC Stores corporate office employee, parked her car off Cooke Street and sidestepped feces — maybe the result of animals, possibly human — as she entered the building Tuesday to start her workday. Read More

Number of homeless drops on Oahu

A one-day census of Oahu’s homeless population decreased for the first time in nine years and resulted in the statewide Point in Time Count decreasing for the second year in a row. Read More

Homeless population count shows statewide decreases

The statewide Point-in-Time Count, a census of Hawaii’s homeless population, decreased across all islands, indicating that the state is making progress in reducing the country’s highest per capita rate of homelessness. Read More
 

Homeless families, individuals find housing in wake of Kakaako sweeps

While dozens of homeless people swept out of Kakaako parks set up new campsites in mauka parts of Kakaako, social service outreach workers also moved two homeless Kakaako families into public housing. Read More
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City clears out 5 tons of trash during sweep of Kakaako parks

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The estimated 80 homeless people living in Kakaako Waterfront Park and its sister parks had dwindled to about 50 to 60 Monday afternoon following days of warnings about the impending sweep. Read More

Homeless in Hawaii: City clearing Kakaako parks

Thirty to 50 people who have been living along the streets and parks in Kakaako Makai were anticipating being rousted from their campsites by city crews late Monday night, and while they’re not happy about it, frequent parkgoers applauded the change in policy that will allow the sweep. Read More
 

For the first time, city workers will enter state parks in Kakaako to clear homeless

The years-long battle with the homeless in Kakaako — who have matched wits with authorities hamstrung by jurisdictional limitations — enters a new phase Monday intended to keep them from shuffling between city sidewalks and state parks in a frustrating cycle that has done little to fix the problem. Read More

More than $30M OK’d for ‘ohana zones’

The House and Senate are committing more than $30 million to establish “ohana zones” where the homeless can live, but are leaving it to Gov. David Ige’s administration to figure out the details. Read More

Homeless sweep of Diamond Head continues into second day

The second day of a sweep of homeless encampments along the slopes of Diamond Head was scheduled to commence today after state and city law enforcement officers teamed up Thursday to clear at least 26 encampments. Read More

Ige announces program to divert homeless from jail

Under a new program announced Wednesday by Gov. David Ige, homeless people who commit minor crimes could receive social services instead of going to jail. Read More

Homeless in Hawaii: Lack of assured funding slows progress on Big Isle

Uncertainty over whether the Legislature will continue to fund programs to help the homeless has caused at least one nonprofit to pull back on services, including efforts to get more chronically homeless adults and low-income families off the street on Hawaii island. Read More

State lawmakers push for ohana zones to aid the homeless

With every House seat and nearly half of the Senate up for election this year in Hawaii, lawmakers are preparing to throw a political Hail Mary to show some progress on the homeless issue. Read More

U.S. Vets promotes its ‘master lease’ idea

U.S. Vets wants its fellow homeless organizations to take a bigger role in getting people off the street by taking financial responsibility for the people they’re trying to house. Read More

Ige meets with leader of homeless camp

Gov. David Ige on Friday had his second sit-down this month with the leader of one of Oahu’s largest homeless encampments following the governor’s March 13 pledge not to sweep Pu‘uhonua o Waianae. Read More

8 groups vow to end homeless family situations

Eight nonprofit organizations that have been working together to move homeless families out of shelters and into permanent homes faster have recruited six more agencies from across the state and are vowing to “end” homelessness for island families by the end of the year. Read More

Most see homeless problem getting worse

Registered island voters, in general, do not believe Hawaii’s homeless problem has improved over the last year, and 62 percent support the idea of so-called “safe zones” for homeless people to live without fear of getting swept. Read More

Newly shuttered ‘ohana zone’ offers lessons for future tent cities

There are opposite takeaways from this week’s sudden closure of Hawaii’s only homeless, government-sanctioned “ohana zone,” Camp Kikaha in Kailua-Kona. Read More

House bill defunds existing homeless programs

House members have decimated Gov. David Ige’s budget request for programs benefiting the homeless and that prioritize finding permanent housing, and instead want to spend $30 million to create an unknown number of zones sanctioned for homeless encampments across the islands. Read More

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