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Homelessness Coordinator Touts Progress As Lawmakers Criticize Pace Of Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Homelessness Coordinator Touts Progress As Lawmakers Criticize Pace Of Work

Hawaii homelessness has decreased two years in a row, said Scott Morishige, but legislators contend the administration isn’t spending money fast enough.

Medicaid Dollars Will Help Hawaii’s Homeless Find Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Medicaid Dollars Will Help Hawaii’s Homeless Find Housing

Federal money will be available to help certain Medicaid recipients with the search for housing, but not to pay rent.

Ige Releases $17.3 Million For ‘Ohana Zones’ On Oahu And Big Island Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Ige Releases $17.3 Million For ‘Ohana Zones’ On Oahu And Big Island

Counties and nonprofits will use the money to build permanent housing for the homeless and create more shelter space.

Private Guards Help Keep The Homeless From Camping In Parks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Private Guards Help Keep The Homeless From Camping In Parks

Calling it a success, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is extending a program in which the guards shuttle between nine parks.

Islandwide Homeless Restrictions Approved — But Are They Legal? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Islandwide Homeless Restrictions Approved — But Are They Legal?

A recent federal court ruling has some cities pulling back their bans on homeless people camping in public places.

Honolulu Cops Have Two Good Ideas To Help The Homeless Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Cops Have Two Good Ideas To Help The Homeless

HPD’s “lift zones” for park camping and a diversion-from-jail program with city prosecutors are welcome ideas to alleviate a vexing crisis.

A Plan To Keep Homeless Offenders Out Of Jail In Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Plan To Keep Homeless Offenders Out Of Jail In Honolulu

Police and the prosecuting attorney’s office are still deciding what nonviolent crimes qualify the homeless to participate in a diversion program.

HPD Wants Inflatable Tents In City Parks For Temporary Use By The Homeless Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HPD Wants Inflatable Tents In City Parks For Temporary Use By The Homeless

Police have a $3 million plan to create “lift zones” in Honolulu parks, where the homeless can sleep in inflatable tents and receive services when shelters fill up.

The State Should Support Waianae’s Existing ‘Ohana Zone’ Facebook: Pu'uhonua o Wai'anae

The State Should Support Waianae’s Existing ‘Ohana Zone’

A well-established homeless camp on the Leeward Coast easily qualifies for a share of the money set aside by the Legislature for safe zones.

From Capri Suns To Resumes: Meeting The Needs Of Homeless Young People Cory Lum/Civil Beat

From Capri Suns To Resumes: Meeting The Needs Of Homeless Young People

A first-of-its-kind program specializes in helping those 18-24 move from the street to independent living.