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Homeless rest stop gets more than 570 visits in first week

The four-story industrial building-turned-homeless hub in Iwilei has had 578 visits through Tuesday since opening on Jan. 8. Read More

Punawai Rest Stop for homeless opens in Iwilei

A place for Iwilei homeless to shower, do laundry, pick up mail and receive other services opened Tuesday on Kuwili Street. Read More

City and state to suspend homeless sweeps during annual census

State and city officials plan to temporarily postpone homeless sweeps a week before — and during — the upcoming annual Point in Time Count to try and ensure an accurate census of Oahu’s homeless population. Read More

More parks to be secured at night to keep out homeless

Starting tonight, 59 city parks will be locked at night to curtail vandalism and illegal homeless activity. Read More

Homeless efforts among Honolulu agencies are ‘better than other cities in the country,’ officials say

State and county officials, social service agencies and law enforcement are working together to address the highest per capita rate of homelessness in the country, but more needs to be done, according to the regional coordinator for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. Read More

Volunteers spend Christmas giving presents to Oahu’s homeless

Ryder Cook became emotional after receiving gifts from strangers visiting the Institute for Human Services on Christmas. Read More

Church domes in Kahaluu provide sanctuary for homeless single mothers

Mothers and their children who had been homeless just days ago this Christmas will wake up in new beds in a place where they can reboot their lives. Read More

Annual homeless count seeks volunteers and hygiene products

Partners In Care — the group organizing January’s six-day census of Oahu’s homeless — needs hygiene products and volunteers in every community. Read More

Service will commemorate deaths of 68 Oahu homeless

Sixty-eight homeless people who died in shelters or on the streets of Oahu this year will be recognized tonight, the longest night of the year, at the fourth annual “Blue Christmas” event. Read More

Report shows drop in homeless numbers

A new report that looks at homelessness in America in 2017 underscores the progress Hawaii has made in the last two years, when the state’s overall homeless rate has consecutively dropped 9 percent. Read More

2 Windward churches aiding the homeless get different results

Two Windward churches that began hosting monthly fairs this year to attract homeless people in their communities have seen dramatically different results, underscoring the complexities of addressing island homelessness. Read More

Honolulu mayor extends private security guard patrol over 9 city parks

A one-month pilot project to hire private security guards to patrol nine city parks for illegal homeless activity will be extended into January. Read More

Gov. David Ige unveils $17.3M plan for ‘ohana zones’

Gov. David Ige intends to use $17.3 million of the $30 million that the Legislature appropriated over a three-year period for the state’s “ohana zones” program. Read More

Pu‘uhonua o Waianae homeless receive $150K to help build new encampment

The leaders of the Pu‘uhonua o Waianae homeless encampment next to the Waianae Small Boat Harbor on Friday received a $150,000 check that represents a major kick-start toward their dream of raising $1.5 million to find a new location that would move them off of oceanfront state land. Read More

Committee OKs plan for homeless, with conditions

A key Honolulu City Council committee Tuesday gave Mayor Kirk Caldwell a preliminary green light to enforce the Sidewalk Obstruction and No Lodging ordinances that were signed into law nearly two months ago. Read More

Program prevents former inmates from becoming homeless

Waikiki Health continues to exceed expectations in helping prisoners who would otherwise end up homeless once they’re out. Read More

New location discussed for Waianae homeless

Discussions are under- way to move the 270-person homeless encampment next to the Waianae Small Boat Harbor to unspecified, privately owned land farther mauka, and to erect wooden “tiny homes” for its residents. Read More

Conference underscores successes, work to be done for homeless

Friday’s annual Statewide Homeless Awareness Conference represented equal parts halftime pep talk and a reminder of how much work needs to be done on homelessness. Read More

City hires security guards to curtail homeless activity at 9 Honolulu parks

Starting today, two private security guards will begin patrolling nine city parks in the urban core to clamp down on illegal homeless activity. Read More

Council committee hobbles sidewalk-clearing bills

Honolulu City Council members are doubling down on their insistence that Mayor Kirk Caldwell submit more detailed reports on how he’s tackling homelessness before they’ll allow him to implement two new sidewalk-clearance laws. Read More

Data show fewer homeless vets in isles

Hawaii outperformed most West Coast states and the nation overall — percentage-wise — in getting homeless veterans off the street this year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read More


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