Hawaii Gov. David Ige has declared a state of emergency to solve the homelessness problem faced by the state. At a news conference this past Friday, the governor said this will help speed of the process of building shelters for the homeless.
According to an Associated Press article citing Scott Morishige, state homelessness coordinator, Hawaii had a 23 percent increase in its unsheltered homeless population between 2014 and 2015 and a 46 percent increase in the number of unsheltered families. There are 7,260 homeless people in Hawaii, which means we have the highest rate of homelessness per-capita of any state in the nation. The Hawaii government will be putting up $1.3 million to provide services to the homeless . Part of the money would also go to the Housing First program, which provides services to chronically homeless individuals.
The new transitional shelter would accommodate about 15 families at a time and under consideration are in Kakaako and the other sites are in Liliha and near Sand Island.
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