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The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now are joining forces to report on the ever-worsening homelessness crisis.

While both news organizations will continue to report daily stories on homelessness, we will work together on bigger projects that delve into all aspects of the issue. To reach the widest possible audience for these important projects on this crisis, you will see reports in print, online and on broadcasts.

For example, on this page of the Star-Advertiser and in Hawaii News Now broadcasts on Monday, you will find stories on homeless encampments you might not be aware of and learn details about some of them.

Through stories such as these, we hope to raise awareness among the public — and public officials — about the gravity of the situation and the need to take action to help the homeless and, by doing so, help our community.

Both newsrooms hope you, as readers and viewers, will help with this project by offering comments, observations and suggestions online and in letters to the editor. While a collaboration between two competing newsrooms is unusual, Hawaii’s homelessness crisis requires an unusual approach.

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                                The city, in partnership with the John A. Burns School of Medicine, is opening a new wound care center in Chinatown for people who are homeless. Dr. Jill Omori, director of the Hawaii Home Project, is seen at the site, 150 N. Pauahi St.
City to open free wound clinic to address needs of homeless on Oahu

The city plans to open a free wound-care clinic in Chinatown in November to primarily serve the homeless. The clinic would be the first official collaboration between the city and the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Homeless Outreach & Medical Education, or H.O.M.E., program. Read more

                                People gathered the last of their belongings before the cleanup crew’s arrival.
Cleanup of Waianae homeless encampment isn’t sweep, city says

Mayor Rick Blangiardi called Thursday’s cleanup a “sanitation” action and not a continuation of former Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s “compassionate disruption” approach to reducing homelessness, which offered social service help combined with cleanups and the threat of law enforcement action. Read more

                                A team interviews homeless people at Aala Park during the annual <a href="" target="_blank">Point-in-Time Count</a>. The previous count was in January 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.
Oahu homeless shelter space decreases

Oahu saw a decrease overall in this year’s Point-in-Time Count of homeless people, with the number of people in shelters dropping 24% and the number of those unsheltered increasing by 0.4% compared with the count in 2020. Read more

                                At top, volunteers gathered into teams Thursday at Arts at Marks Garage in Chinatown to begin the annual Point-in-Time count.
Survey of Oahu’s homeless returns

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, more than 300 volunteers dispersed across Oahu on Thursday morning to record the number of unsheltered homeless people for the annual Point-in-Time count. Read more

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