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Homelessness, schools are top issues in a survey commissioned by HawaiiKidsCAN

A poll commissioned by HawaiiKidsCAN found strong support for boosting spending on public education, but homelessness ranked as the top voter priority by far. Read More

Small group of homeless digs in on Young Street

Honolulu police officers Thursday morning rolled into the Walgreens parking lot on Young Street and ordered three homeless people to leave the private property — part of an ongoing effort to remove a particularly stubborn group of five to 10 chronically homeless people from the area. Read More

1-year later, Kauhale Kamaile offers stability, hope for homeless families in Waianae

After living in a van with his daughter — and a stint in the 270-person homeless encampment next to the Waianae Small Boat Harbor — Falaniko “Niko” Pesamino teared up Tuesday at the thought of the stability he’s found in his 1-year-old, one-bedroom home built by the city for homeless families. Read More

Police Chief Ballard wants support for homeless initiatives

The Honolulu Police Department is asking for funding of 10 reactivated officer positions for a community outreach unit aimed at coordinating its outreach and enforcement efforts with social service providers to better assist the homeless. Read More

Oahu homeless debris equal to 184 school buses

City officials hope to fill four more positions to enforce the city’s stored property and sidewalk nuisance ordinances — or what Mayor Kirk Caldwell calls “some of the dirtiest work in the City and County of Honolulu” cleaning up homeless encampments. Read More

Homelessness, cost of living cited as major concerns in Hawaii

Some 45 percent of Hawaii voters live in homes where someone is considering moving away — or has already left the islands — typically because of the cost of living, according to a new poll of voters conducted for Pacific Resource Partnership. Read More

Hawaii’s annual homeless census’ leader abruptly resigns

Just a week after releasing early data on Oahu’s annual homeless census, the head of the organization that oversees the island’s annual Point in Time Count abruptly resigned, cryptically citing “undermining behaviors.” Read More

12% more living on the street on Oahu

The number of homeless living on Oahu streets jumped 12 percent in the past year while the overall number, including those living in shelters, dropped by 4 percent. Read More

Lt. Gov. Josh Green targets homelessness

Lt. Gov. Josh Green estimates that two months into his new job, he spends 70 percent of his time focused on finding big and small ways to get more homeless people off the street. Read More

More homeless people living on Oahu’s streets, latest population count shows

The number of “unsheltered homeless” rose 12 percent, while those categorized as Oahu’s “sheltered homeless population” dropped nearly 19 percent. Read More

City rejects plea to delay homeless sweeps

A group representing some of Kakaako’s homeless asked Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Thursday for a temporary reprieve from getting swept, but the city says that’s a nonstarter. Read More

Column: Houseless move from Discovery Center grounds, with aloha

With support and encouragement from their fellow houseless neighbors, these homeless households voluntarily moved — without police or city intervention. Read More

Homeless flock to Iwilei rest stop, but few use social services

The number of homeless adults, children and pets using the city’s Punawai Rest Stop, a “hygiene center” in Iwilei, has steadily grown in less than a month of operation — from eight people on the first day to 174 on Thursday. Read More

Column: Major investment needed for housing

For many Hawaii households, a decent, affordable place to live is out of reach. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Still no plan for helping homeless who don’t want help

This is why we can’t have nice things. Because we can’t take care of nice public places, can’t defend them, can’t establish and enforce rules to keep things from being ruined. Read More

Census of Hawaii’s homeless begins

The first night of the annual Point in Time Count, a nationwide homeless census that will determine whether Hawaii continues to lead the country with the highest per capita rate of homelessness, began Tuesday night. Read More

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


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