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Federal government estimating number of homeless people

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / AUG. 2016

    Homeless gather near Forrest St. and Ala Moana Blvd. Camp on Forrest St.

The federal government is estimating the number of homeless people nationwide.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will announce state-by-state figures Thursday.

Officials say homelessness has declined nationwide in recent years, especially among military veterans. They credit a program initiated by President Barack Obama which urges every community to have a plan in place to prevent and reduce homelessness.

But there are parts of the country such as Hawaii where homelessness has been increasing. The island state is struggling with an affordable housing shortage.

The federal government releases the numbers after volunteers across the country count the homeless people in their local areas. The volunteers count people they find living outside, on the street or in shelters.

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  • The US took care of illegal migrants better than they do our homeless in Hawaii. And that’s not even speaking of the Micronesia Community that are free to roam the US because of the Feds. destroying their habitat. Hope TheDonald steps up to the plate funding Hawaii’s Micronesian community instead of having Hawaii State taxpayers foot the majority of the bill to help these people. Come on you Liberal Democrats you’ve got fragile feelings for the less fortunate and yet forgot the Micro’s plight.

    • Don’t you tink, harboring, incarcerating, etc. of illegal criminal aliens ain’t taking away services from OUR US citizens on da streets? Have you ever been in a bind having just enough money to get by every month to know there’s some checks and balances to think about to stay afloat financially? The Fed. Gov. is just about $20Trillion in Debt! You clean da House, curb your expenses, change your priorities, etc. to survive financially or do you do like some young whipper snappers do and max out your credit card not being able to pay it off.

      • These Democrats only want to point out what they want to point out and hide the facts of the resources spent on illegal migrants. Just think about how the Fed./State money is spent for these migrants so I won’t have go listing the expenses line by line. These Liberal Mayors/Police Chiefs,etc. can’t see straight hanging on to their jobs by their constituents votes at best. Do they really have the US Citizens best interest in mind? And the answer is inequitable “NO”. These Liberals Democrats only think about themselves preying on people with soft hearts that falls into their talking point traps. How could they be for America protecting Illegal migrants vs. US Citizens? You got voted in to protect your community, they are not there to protect illegal migrants who disregarded and broke immigration Federal Laws entering OUR Country!

  • Keep estimating . It won’t help. The number of homeless riffraff in cities with balmy climate will continue to grow until even the dumbest bleeding heart liberal will agree to a law forcing them into fenced camps where they cannot get anything else but simple food and water and only rudimentary medical services.

  • “The island state is struggling with an affordable housing shortage” — Not only do we have the most expensive housing in the nation, we have the most expensive food, health care, etc., that homeless people also need. Isn’t is cheaper, easier, and more feasible to help the homeless relocate to a place with a more affordable cost of living, than to try to artificially depress the entire cost of housing, food, clothes, and health care throughout the State of Hawaii? And more humane too, since they have a better shot at self-sufficiency someplace else, other than the most expensive state in the nation. The State and the Feds should limit homeless assistance in Hawaii to relocation costs.

  • When I first started studying finance and investing as a young man, I took an extension course on mutual funds at U of H. One of the things the instructor kept saying to emphasis her points was, “remember, there’s no free lunch”. My how times have changed,

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