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As Hawaii’s statewide homelessness numbers start to dip, a former federal official tells lawmakers to keep doing what they’re doing.
The problem is concentrated on Oahu where the unsheltered population has been growing for a decade.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green called for the immediate halt of sweeps, but Honolulu says it will continue pushing homeless people out of public areas.
As housing costs rise, renters have to cut bigger and bigger checks just to get in the door.
Departing IHS spokesman Kimo Carvalho has shined a bright light on the complexities of homelessness in Hawaii.
A longtime homeless community has spent years fending off “sweeps” by the state. Now it’s planning a move to a permanent home.
Three dozen participants in Honolulu’s fledgling Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program reduced their emergency room visits, interactions with police and nights spent unsheltered.
The mayor is hoping state and federal agencies will help fund the effort to help homeless people, whether they want it or not.
Each of the nine council districts will receive an equal share of the money to fund projects in their own communities.
The project is part of a larger statewide initiative to expand the state health care system to better support people struggling with mental illness, drug addiction or homelessness.