The crisis of homelessness remains with us.

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui on Tuesday extended a emergency declaration proclamation to address homelessness statewide — the third extension to the proclamation on homelessness that Gov. David Ige first declared four months ago.

“I believe it’s important that we continue to provide the support and services to our state, city and county partners to address this pressing issue,” Tsutsui said in a press release. “There’s still much work to do to address this crisis and we must keep the momentum going to help the homeless community.”

Gov. David Ige and Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui after the State of the State address Jan. 25.

Gov. David Ige and Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui after the State of the State address Jan. 25.

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The latest action continues emergency relief to Maui County efforts to establish a long-term housing project in Wailuku, and to set up temporary and long-term housing in the City & County of Honolulu, Hawaii and Kauai counties.

The work also provide all counties “relief” in repair and maintenance of existing county shelters.

Hawaii, the governor’s administration reminds us, has “the highest rate of homelessness per capita in the nation, with an estimated 465 homeless individuals per 100,000.”

This third extension expires in April.

Tsutsui is acting governor until Wednesday as Gov. David Ige travels to New York and Washington, D.C., for meetings.

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