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Hawaii Homelessness

State Says Number Of Available Shelter Beds Will Go Up In 2017 Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

State Says Number Of Available Shelter Beds Will Go Up In 2017

Hawaii nonprofits also promise to double the number of homeless people who enter permanent housing.

Homeless Count Volunteers Sought PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Homeless Count Volunteers Sought

Organizers are gearing up for the annual count of homeless people, but they are facing a serious shortage of volunteers.

Denby Fawcett: Diamond Head Slopes Are Absolutely Trashed Division of State Parks

Denby Fawcett: Diamond Head Slopes Are Absolutely Trashed

New photos from the state depict the squalid conditions encountered in homeless encampments during recent sweeps.

Denby Fawcett: Advice For The Next Mayor On Homelessness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Advice For The Next Mayor On Homelessness

People who are actually helping Honolulu's homeless population have a few ideas for Kirk Caldwell or Charles Djou.
Lawsuit Against Homeless Sweeps Could Cost Taxpayers $1M Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Against Homeless Sweeps Could Cost Taxpayers $1M

The city agreed to stop destroying homeless peoples' belongings during sweeps but not before the legal fees piled up.
A Full-Year Homeless Emergency Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Full-Year Homeless Emergency

Gov. David Ige signed a supplemental proclamation to extend the state of emergency for two more months.
Lawsuit Over Homeless Sweeps A Step Closer To Settlement Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Over Homeless Sweeps A Step Closer To Settlement

In the proposed deal, the city agrees to pay $48,500 to 21 plaintiffs whose property was destroyed.
Ige Looks To Reduce Unsheltered Homeless To ‘Functional Zero’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Looks To Reduce Unsheltered Homeless To ‘Functional Zero’

The Hawaii governor unveils a four-year plan that calls for building 10,000 affordable housing units.
Hawaii’s Homeless Population Still On The Rise Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Homeless Population Still On The Rise

The annual “point in time” count finds a modest increase despite the concerted efforts of the state and its counties.

Homeless Emergency Extended, Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Homeless Emergency Extended, Again

Gov. Ige has signed a fifth supplemental proclamation on homelessness, meaning conditions remain in effect until August.

Carlisle Wants To Be Mayor Of Honolulu, Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Carlisle Wants To Be Mayor Of Honolulu, Again

UPDATED: The former chief executive of the city and county is running on a platform that makes rail and leadership his top priorities.
State Aims To Develop 22,500 Affordable Rental Housing Units Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Aims To Develop 22,500 Affordable Rental Housing Units

Hawaii House and Senate conferees agree on a measure that calls for having some apartments ready as early as January.

January 2017

Thursday, January 12

State Says Number Of Available Shelter Beds Will Go Up In 2017

Wednesday, January 4

Homeless Count Volunteers Sought

December 2016

Tuesday, December 20

Denby Fawcett: Diamond Head Slopes Are Absolutely Trashed

September 2016

Tuesday, September 27

Denby Fawcett: Advice For The Next Mayor On Homelessness

Tuesday, September 13

Lawsuit Against Homeless Sweeps Could Cost Taxpayers $1M

August 2016

Thursday, August 18

A Full-Year Homeless Emergency

Monday, August 15

Lawsuit Over Homeless Sweeps A Step Closer To Settlement

July 2016

Thursday, July 21

Ige Looks To Reduce Unsheltered Homeless To ‘Functional Zero’

June 2016

Wednesday, June 29

Hawaii’s Homeless Population Still On The Rise

Monday, June 20

Homeless Emergency Extended, Again

May 2016

Friday, May 13

Carlisle Wants To Be Mayor Of Honolulu, Again

April 2016

Wednesday, April 27

State Aims To Develop 22,500 Affordable Rental Housing Units

Monday, April 25

Hawaii Lawmakers Recommend $12M For Homeless Initiatives

Wednesday, April 20

Housing Advocates Hope Lawmakers Will ‘Do The Right Thing’

Tuesday, April 19

Martin Pulls Papers For Mayoral Bid

March 2016

Tuesday, March 29

Affordable Housing Bills Inch Closer To Passage At Hawaii Legislature

Tuesday, March 1

Lawmakers Consider ‘Mobile Court’ For Homeless Defendants

February 2016

Thursday, February 4

Mandatory Shelter Stay for Probationers?

Tuesday, February 2

Homeless Relocation Program Likely Grounded

January 2016

Friday, January 22

New Bill Seeks To Ban Sitting Or Lying On State Lands

Wednesday, January 20

Homeless Sweeps Would Proliferate Under Ige’s Budget Plan

December 2015

Monday, December 21

Christmas Brings Gifts, And Possibly Toilets, To Homeless Encampment

Monday, December 14

In Kakaako Parks, State Wades Into Thorny Issue of Property Confiscation

Wednesday, December 9

State Gears Up To Sweep Homeless Encampments At Kakaako Parks

Tuesday, December 1

Hawaii Officials Begin Converting Kakaako Shed Into Homeless Shelter

October 2015

Monday, October 26

State To Clear Out Homeless Encampments At Kakaako, Kewalo Parks

Friday, October 16

Hawaii Governor Declares State of Emergency for Homelessness

September 2015

Wednesday, September 30

Tourism Money to Fly Away the Homeless

Monday, September 28

Is the City Violating the Law in Destroying Homeless People’s Property?

Tuesday, September 22

Federal Judge Refuses to Immediately Halt Honolulu Homeless Sweeps

Monday, September 21

Motion Seeks Immediate Halt to Sweeps

Thursday, September 17

City Sweeps Another Stretch of Kakaako Homeless Encampment

Wednesday, September 16

Lawsuit Filed Over Seizure of Homeless People’s Property

Disabled and Homeless: This Hawaii Woman Found She Had No Place To Go

Sunday, September 13

Is Help With the Rent an Answer to Homelessness?

Thursday, September 3

How Do You House the Homeless When No One Wants Them Nearby?

Tuesday, September 1

Ige’s Team to Relocate All Homeless Families From Kakaako by the End of Year

August 2015

Thursday, August 27

Caldwell: Honolulu to Resume ‘Phased Enforcement’ at Kakaako Encampment

Wednesday, August 26

Ige’s Team Cuts Kakaako’s Homeless Population by 10 Percent

Monday, August 17

Ige’s Team Considers Converting Kakaako Shed Into Temporary Shelter

Monday, August 10

Ige Taps Leading Advocate to Be His Homelessness Coordinator

Wednesday, August 5

City Council Passes Bill That Could Target Kapalama Canal Encampment

Tuesday, August 4

The Homeless: Easier to Say Where They Shouldn’t Be

July 2015

Tuesday, July 28

City Won’t Acquire Hilo Hattie Property for Homeless Shelter

Monday, July 27

Ige Creates a New Leadership Team to Tackle Homelessness

Thursday, July 23

Tom Brower to Press Charges Against Homeless Teens in Kakaako

Wednesday, July 22

Endless Sweep: City Keeps Rousting Homeless at a Cost of $750,000 a Year

Monday, July 13

Why Are 175 Public Housing Units Sitting Vacant While Honolulu Struggles to Find Housing for the Homeless?

Friday, July 10

VA Secretary to Landlords: Pitch in to Help End Veteran Homelessness

Wednesday, July 8

HCDA Hears Tenant Concerns About the Homeless in Kakaako

Monday, July 6

Will the Hammer Fall on Homeless Encampment in Kakaako?

June 2015

Tuesday, June 30

Why Did Tom Brower’s Visit to Homeless Encampment End in Violence?

‘One-of-a-Kind’: Woman Runs Her Own Homeless Shelter

Monday, June 29

Homeless Czar Gets One-Month Contract Extension

Thursday, June 18

Hawaii’s Homeless Population Continues to Surge

Homeless Czar Has Been in Limbo for 6 Months, But the End May Be Near

Monday, June 15

Revised Sand Island Plan for Homeless Borrows From a Mainland Model

UH Study: City’s Recent Moves Aren’t Curbing Homelessness

Wednesday, June 3

Honolulu City Council Overrides Caldwell, Expands Sit-Lie

Honolulu City Council Will Keep Pushing to Move the Homeless Along

Monday, June 1

Want to Fill Up Your Homeless Shelter? Ditch Some of the Rules

May 2015

Thursday, May 21

Honolulu Mayor Vetoes Latest Sit-Lie Bill

Wednesday, May 20

Can Honolulu’s Sit-Lie Ban Pass Constitutional Muster?

Tuesday, May 12

Mayor Caldwell Calls Off Kakaako Homeless Sweeps

How Can ‘Housing First’ Work When the Housing Isn’t There?

April 2015

Monday, April 20

More Federal Funds to End Homelessness Among Vets

March 2015

Tuesday, March 24

Housing Program for Homeless Veterans Hits a Snag in Hawaii

February 2015

Tuesday, February 24

Caldwell Vows Not to Run From Rail, Homeless Problems

December 2014

Tuesday, December 2

Landlords’ Rejections Keep Hawaii Homeless on the Streets Longer

November 2014

Monday, November 24

Dear Mayor: Complaints about the Homeless Pour Into Caldwell’s Office

Friday, November 14

Honolulu City Council Expands Sit-Lie Ban To Districts Throughout Oahu

Thursday, November 6

Potential Contamination at Proposed Homeless Camp to be Studied

Monday, November 3

PR Campaign Would Discourage Homeless from Moving to Hawaii

September 2014

Monday, September 15

Pod Squad on Honolulu Homelessness: Out of Sight …

August 2014

Tuesday, August 26

WATCH: Civil Cafe on Honolulu Homelessness

Thursday, August 14

Solutions Elusive at Lively Discussion on Homelessness in Hawaii

July 2014

Monday, July 28

Civil Cafe on Aug. 14 — Hawaii Homelessness: Paradise Lost?

February 2014

Thursday, February 6

Honolulu Risks Losing Millions on Affordable Housing Projects

December 2013

Thursday, December 12

Did Honolulu’s $142M Housing Deal Collapse?

Tuesday, December 10

Caldwell Fears For Honolulu Homeless If City Housing Deal Collapses

November 2013

Thursday, November 21

Pritchett: The Vigilante With a Sledgehammer

Friday, November 1

Is Honolulu City Council Targeting the Homeless in Latest Sidewalk Proposal?

August 2013

Wednesday, August 7

Hawaii Homeless Will Have to Find Their Own Ride Back to Mainland

June 2013

Saturday, June 15

Honolulu Could Kickstart Response to Urban Homelessness

May 2013

Saturday, May 18

Federal Judge Refuses To Toss (de)Occupy Honolulu Suit Despite City’s Efforts

Tuesday, May 14

Honolulu’s Thomas Square Upgrade Steeped In Controversy

Friday, May 10

Housing Honolulu’s Homeless Won’t Come Cheap Under New Plan

April 2013

Thursday, April 4

Can Kirk Caldwell Succeed Where Others Have Failed With Honolulu Homeless?

September 2012

Thursday, September 27

Honolulu District 6 Hopefuls Vow To Repair And Rehabilitate

July 2012

Wednesday, July 25

Touring Next Step: My Visit to a Homeless Shelter

Tuesday, July 24

Complaints Escalate At Kakaakao Homeless Shelter

June 2012

Thursday, June 21

A Look at Honolulu’s Sidewalk Ban Six Months and at Least $100K Later

May 2012

Wednesday, May 9

Honolulu To Create New Housing For The Homeless

April 2012

Thursday, April 12

Re-Homed & Off the Edge: Update — Changing the Game We’re Playing

March 2012

Friday, March 16

Saying Goodbye

February 2012

Tuesday, February 21

Hawaii Homeless Shelter in Kakaako Is ‘A Mess’

Wednesday, February 1

Clock Ticking For Occupy Honolulu Encampment

January 2012

Saturday, January 28

A Look At How the City’s Storing Homeless Property

Wednesday, January 18

Can Honolulu Council Members Talk in Private About Proposed Laws?

Saturday, January 14

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Jan. 9 – 13

Wednesday, January 11

Honolulu Facing Five Major Issues In 2012

Honolulu Homeless Frustrated as Belongings Taken

Tuesday, January 10

Honolulu Begins Enforcing New Sidewalk Ban Against Homeless

December 2011

Saturday, December 24

2011 Year in Review — Honolulu

Friday, December 23

On Christmas Shopping, The Homeless And Tough Love

Thursday, December 15

Re-Homed & Off the Edge: Wrap Up — The Secret of My Failure

Saturday, December 10

Belongings Ban Signed Into Law, But Questions Remain

Thursday, December 8

Honolulu Homeless on Notice: Belongings Banned From Public Places

Tuesday, December 6

Florida Homeless Success Lesson: Don’t ‘Force It Down People’s Throats’

Friday, December 2

Honolulu Not Alone in Trying to Move Homeless from Sidewalks

November 2011

Wednesday, November 30

Honolulu Clears Homeless from Stadium Park — But Not For Long

Tuesday, November 29

Homeless at Stadium Park Plan Next Moves

Wednesday, November 23

Re-Homed & Off the Edge: Flashbacks

City to Sweep Homeless from Stadium Park

Friday, November 18

Sidewalk Bill Advances Despite Occupy Honolulu

Wednesday, November 16

Hawaii Homeless Shelter, Outreach Use Drops

Tuesday, November 15

Sidewalk Bill A Threat To Occupy Honolulu Protest?

Wednesday, November 9

Homeless Return To Area Cleared By DOT

Sunday, November 6

VIDEO – APEC 2011 Hawaii — Before and After – Kalakaua Homeless Camp

VIDEO — APEC 2011 Hawaii — Before and After — Chinatown Homeless Camp

VIDEO – APEC 2011 Hawaii — Scrubbing Honolulu Clean

Wednesday, November 2

Kalakaua Homeless Cleared Near Convention Center

Capitol Watch: Nov. 2

October 2011

Friday, October 28

Homeless Evicted In Sweep Say They’ll Be Back

Thursday, October 27

Nimitz Highway Targeted For Homeless Cleanup

Thursday, October 13

Re-Homed & Off the Edge: Where Have I Been?

Tuesday, October 11

A Second Crack at Clearing Honolulu’s Sidewalks

Monday, October 10

Honolulu Homeless Target Of Belongings Ban?

September 2011

Friday, September 9

Where is the Outrage?

Thursday, September 8

Honolulu Stands Down for Homeless Veterans

Wednesday, September 7

Re-Homed & Off the Edge: Rats Really Are Everywhere

Saturday, September 3

Carlisle: Homelessness Worse than Rat Infestation

Friday, September 2

Re-Homed & Off the Edge: That’s Not Me Anymore

August 2011

Thursday, August 18

About That 90-Day Plan on Homelessness …

Monday, August 15

Re-Homed & Off The Edge: Am I Home Yet?

Thursday, August 11

Capitol Watch: Aug. 12

Tuesday, August 2

Capitol Watch: Aug. 3

Re-Homed & Off The Edge: New Choices

July 2011

Friday, July 29

Homeless Czar: Safe Zones Wrong Approach

Monday, July 25

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: Settling In

Tuesday, July 12

One Bowl, Two Spoons, Two Forks and a Knife

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: Holy Moly! I’m Re-homed!!!

Monday, July 11

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: Identity Crisis… or Not…

Monday, July 4

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: I’ll Go Ahead and Say It…

June 2011

Wednesday, June 29

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: Mr. Fix-it

Friday, June 24

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: The Signs Say It All

Saturday, June 18

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: It Could Be Worse

Wednesday, June 15

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: Why Would Anyone Do This?

Thursday, June 9

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: Under The Magnifying Glass

Friday, June 3

Capitol Watch: June 3

Wednesday, June 1

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: Laundry Day

May 2011

Friday, May 27

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: Welcome Back

Wednesday, May 25

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: My Life as a Pigeon

Sunday, May 22

Capitol Watch: May 23

Wednesday, May 18

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: Beginnings

Hawaii Unveils Action Plan for Homelessness

Tuesday, May 17

Capitol Watch: May 17

Monday, May 16

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: On the Road — But Not in Hawaii

Thursday, May 12

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: Cash Flow

Tuesday, May 10

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: How Do You Spot An “Un-homed?”

April 2011

Friday, April 29

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: A Funny Thing Happened…

Wednesday, April 27

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: A Governor’s Decision

Monday, April 25

Hawaii Launches First Phase of Homeless Plan

Thursday, April 21

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Pity or Compassion

Wednesday, April 20

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Best Friends Forever… or For a While

Tuesday, April 19

Capitol Watch: April 20

Saturday, April 16

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Going with the Flow

Saturday, April 9

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Milestones

Friday, April 8

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Anger Paralysis

March 2011

Wednesday, March 30

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Timing is Everything

Capitol Watch: March 30

Monday, March 28

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: It’s All Relative

Saturday, March 26

Keeping Hawaii Inmates’ IDs Out of The Trash

Thursday, March 24

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Riding Heartbreak

Saturday, March 19

Honolulu Will Revise Tsunami Evacuation Plans For The Homeless

Thursday, March 17

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Bartering Along

Wednesday, March 16

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Getting Swept Away… Almost

Tuesday, March 15

Hawaii Officials Evict Kakaako Homeless

Sunday, March 13

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Neglect

Tuesday, March 8

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Small Measures of Success

Friday, March 4

Capitol Watch: March 4

Wednesday, March 2

Capitol Watch: March 3

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: The Interior Life

February 2011

Friday, February 25

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: I Miss My Bed

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: My Closet Has a Flat Tire

Tuesday, February 22

Aging Homes: Hawaii Towns 2009

Household Size: Hawaii Towns 2009

Housing Rent Cost: Hawaii Towns 2009

Own Or Rent: Hawaii Towns 2009

Home Values: Hawaii Towns 2009

Thursday, February 17

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Hopes and Dreams

Tuesday, February 15

Capitol Watch: Feb. 16

Lawmakers Not Ignoring Homelessness

Saturday, February 12

Capitol Watch: Feb. 14

Friday, February 11

Un-homed but Not Unhinged: Full Monty or Not?

Wednesday, February 9

Un-homed but Not Unhinged: Back Seat Office

Cachola: Lots of Other States Have Worse Homeless Problems

Tuesday, February 8

Capitol Watch: Feb. 9

Monday, February 7

Un-homed but Not Unhinged: Staying Connected

Thursday, February 3

Un-homed but Not Unhinged: Those Small Indignities

Capitol Watch: Feb. 3

Tuesday, February 1

Un-homed but Not Unhinged: Putting Your Life in Storage

January 2011

Saturday, January 29

Un-homed but Not Unhinged: One step forward, one step back

Wednesday, January 26

Un-homed: Exciting New Career Opportunities

Thursday, January 20

Un-homed: End of the Day

Capitol Watch: Jan. 20

Thursday, January 13

Un-Homed but Not Unhinged: When to Hold On, When to Let Go?

Tuesday, January 11

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: Location, Location, Location

Friday, January 7

Un-Homed But Not Unhinged: Range of Motion

Thursday, January 6

Un-Homed but Not Unhinged: Food More than Sustenance

Monday, January 3

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: High- and Low-Lights

December 2010

Tuesday, December 28

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Solitude

Friday, December 24

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: The Good, The Bad…

Wednesday, December 22

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: From the Heart

Friday, December 17

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Does Anyone Really See Me?

Thursday, December 16

Un-homed But Not Unhinged: Keeping Perspective

Tuesday, December 14

Un-homed, but Not Unhinged: Showers at the Natatorium

Thursday, December 9

Un-homed, but Not Unhinged: Achieving Homelessness

November 2010

Wednesday, November 24

Carlisle Says City Won’t “Tolerate” Homelessness During APEC

Saturday, November 20

Abercrombie: Nonprofits Aren’t Providing Case Management and Support for Veterans

Abercrombie: Hawaii Has Not Taken Advantage of Federal Per Diem Program

Thursday, November 18

Capitol Watch: Nov. 18

Tuesday, November 16

Capitol Watch: Nov. 16

Monday, November 1

Honolulu Voters Approve All Six Charter Amendments

October 2010

Monday, October 25

Carlisle Says ‘No’ to New Office of Housing

Thursday, October 14

The Anti-Homeless Bill That Dare Not Say Its Name

Saturday, October 9

Aiona’s Shades of Blue: Helping the Homeless

Wednesday, October 6

Police Question Enforceability of Sidewalk Plan

Friday, October 1

Urban Zones Proposed to Keep Sidewalks Clear of Homeless

September 2010

Monday, September 27

City Council to Homeless: Get Off Our Sidewalks!

Saturday, September 18

Census: Changes in Hawaii Income and Poverty Worst in Nation

August 2010

Tuesday, August 17

The Waipahu Food Assistance Office Is Empty — and It’s Not for Lack of Need, Nor Is It A Bad Thing

July 2010

Tuesday, July 13

Lawmakers, the Homeless and the Media

Friday, July 9

Stalled River Street Housing Project May Be Dead

June 2010

Wednesday, June 30

GOP: Hannemann’s Homelessness Record ‘Abysmal’

Friday, June 25

Hawaii Links for Friday, June 25

Thursday, June 24

Homeless Children Not Visible, or Easy to Help

More Homeless Are Finding Shelter

Wednesday, June 16

Hawaii Links for Wednesday, June 16

Thursday, June 3

Lawmakers Don’t Show For Own Hearing On Homelessness

May 2010

Friday, May 14

UPDATE: Legislature To Hold Hearing On Homelessness, Public Housing

Tuesday, May 11

Discussion: Homelessness

UPDATE: Honolulu Homeless Flock To New Shelters

Monday, May 10

Sunday In The Park With ‘Uncle’

Sunday, May 2

Six Years After Plan, Homeless Problem Even Worse

April 2010

Friday, April 23

Instead of tents, we now have huddled masses under tarps in Ala Moana Beach Park

Hawaii Homelessness