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Danny De Gracia: Homeless People Can Get Stimulus Payments But Need Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Danny De Gracia: Homeless People Can Get Stimulus Payments But Need Help

Without permanent addresses or internet access, the many homeless people who are eligible will face barriers to claiming money that would make a difference.

Hawaii Homeless Program Failed After Prosecutors And Police Wouldn’t Play Ball Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Hawaii Homeless Program Failed After Prosecutors And Police Wouldn’t Play Ball

The idea was to offer help to homeless people in lieu of criminal charges. Instead, HPD increased the number of citations it handed out.

Lee Cataluna: The Strength To Call Out A Jerk Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lee Cataluna: The Strength To Call Out A Jerk

Musician Paula Fuga handled an ugly moment beautifully.

Denby Fawcett: It’s A Bad Idea For Honolulu’s Next Mayor To End Homeless Sweeps Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: It’s A Bad Idea For Honolulu’s Next Mayor To End Homeless Sweeps

It will take a lot of tools to solve homelessness in Hawaii. Enforcement of city laws is one of those tools.

Easy Targets? Some Oahu Homeless Have Been Ticketed Dozens Of Times During The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Easy Targets? Some Oahu Homeless Have Been Ticketed Dozens Of Times During The Pandemic

A Civil Beat analysis of court data on HPD’s pandemic enforcement shows homeless people account for nearly 25% of pandemic violations despite making up less than 1% of the population.  

SLIDESHOW: Helping The Homeless Along River Street Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

SLIDESHOW: Helping The Homeless Along River Street

Maintaining hygiene and preventing skin, wound and respiratory infections are more difficult for the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

No Rest For The Homeless: Bill Would Ban Sitting Almost Anywhere On Oahu Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

No Rest For The Homeless: Bill Would Ban Sitting Almost Anywhere On Oahu

City and state officials say housing is the answer to homelessness. But criminalization can be more politically expedient.

Hawaii Increases Funding For Homeless Sweeps Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Increases Funding For Homeless Sweeps

The ACLU is alarmed that the state budgeted an extra $2 million to remove property instead of putting people into housing.

COVID-19 Quarantine Facility Links Homeless To Range Of Services Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

COVID-19 Quarantine Facility Links Homeless To Range Of Services

A new study says a similar approach could save the state money by providing a place where the homeless, the mentally ill and others can get help without going to the ER.

Survey Counts Over 4,400 Homeless People On Oahu Before COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Survey Counts Over 4,400 Homeless People On Oahu Before COVID-19

Hawaii’s rate of homelessness was among the worst in the nation pre-pandemic. It’s likely to get even worse.