Yet more confirmation that homelessness is at a crisis level in Honolulu:

Alternet has listed us along with five other U.S. cities “struggling with a massive homelessness problem and what they are — or are not — doing about it.”

For Honolulu, the problem is blamed on “the combination of mild weather and high housing costs” but also because “Hawaii’s reliance on tourism has led lawmakers to desperate measures that are almost awe-inspiring in their unconstitutionality.”

Rose Loke Chung-Lono spends most of her day trying to resolve people's problems in The Harbor. One of her biggest tasks is assigning campsites and keeping track of everyone.

Rose Loke Chung-Lono spends most of her day trying to resolve people’s problems in The Harbor homeless camp in Waianae.

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Alternet cites numerous sources, including Civil Beat. (Hey! Thanks for reading Civil Beat!)

The other cities are New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Ore.

Seven years after the Great Recession, 565,000 are living on the streets — as many as a quarter of them children,” says the report.

Read Civil Beat’s recent series on homelessness in Waianae, titled The Harbor.

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