How Many people go homeless in Hawaii...

How Many people go homeless in Hawaii because of Lack of Affordable Housing?

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Lily

Makawao, HI

#1 Feb 2, 2008
Right now, there are about 6000 people that are homeless in Hawaii ALONE. How many went homeless because of lack of Affordable Housing?
310 Warrior Mom

Redondo Beach, CA

#2 Feb 2, 2008
WHY DOES THE STATE NOT ALLOW AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND GET TRAILERS LIKE THE DOUBLE WIDES SO FOLKS ON THE BEACH CAN BE TAKEN OFF THE BEACH AND GIVEN A CHANCE FOR A FRESH START?

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS NECESSARY...AND THIS IS ONE WAY TO START THE PROCESS AND GET A ROOF OVER PEOPLES HEADS.

“in all things be pono, aloha”

Since: Aug 07

moloka'I, hawaii

#3 Feb 2, 2008
yes, i wonder what the stats are on who is homeless. frequently a person or a family camp out and go to work from there every day until they save up enough for their first rent and security deposit, and household effects. substance addiction is making up a percentage of the homeless, and so is mental illness, or both. i would like to see some statistics.
remember when there was a big family whose house burnt down a few months ago? they almost became homeless after being given a hotel suite for a certain length of time, then time ran out. in the last minute someone came up with money to extend their stay. for every homeless person you see in a tent there are many who sleep in cars and other hiding places.
before we are judgemental we need to see that it only takes a couple of missing paychecks to lose a place to live. nowadays it takes two paychecks for keeping up with the expense of a household and alot of things happen. breakup in a family, illness, lay-offs or someone going to prison for some minor thing. i saw elderly persons pushing a shopping cart full of their belongings. sad!
Realist

Honolulu, HI

#4 Feb 2, 2008
There will NEVER be Affordable Housing here !

We need to LIMIT the population on Oahu ! Period !
310 Warrior Mom

Redondo Beach, CA

#5 Feb 2, 2008
Realist wrote:
There will NEVER be Affordable Housing here !
We need to LIMIT the population on Oahu ! Period !
SOMEONE HAS TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE FOR THE LOCALS.

WHAT HAS LINGLE DONE?
Jennifer in Waianae

Kailua, HI

#7 Feb 2, 2008
Lily wrote:
Right now, there are about 6000 people that are homeless in Hawaii ALONE. How many went homeless because of lack of Affordable Housing?
I don't know if anyone including state and local officials can give you an answer on that, because our community has been asking that all along and no one knows for sure. I can give you my point of view on the leeward coast. Homelessness only became an issue when Honolulu and Waikiki starting seeing overwhelming amounts of people living in the city parks (and tourists started to complain) and slowly Waianae's homeless numbers increased. But,if you talk to Waianae residents we had a very small problem with a couple of dozen homeless people living across the street from the beach just past Makaha for years. We never had thousands like we do now. Now look at the Leeward coast, We acquired a lot of Oahu's homeless. Even though technically they are illegally camping. Although no one will admit to it, but rumors are some of the homeless here were flown in from other states and oahu homeless from other areas were bused to the leeward coast and dropped off. Why? Because we are an isolated community that tourists don't visit and our community has a hard time saying no to people in need because many in our community are struggling too financially. It has become a vicious cycle out here, shelters open, some people leave the beaches for the shelters and other replace those people on the beaches. My personal opinion. There are many different types of homeless living on our beaches. We have the obvious drug addicts/alcoholics, we have people with mental health issues, we have some people who are working and not making enough, we have a population influx from Micronesia filling up shelters too, then finally we have people that aren't willing to work and have burned bridges with family members and friends because of past abuses. The state of Hawaii has already proved that it can't maintain public housing so that isn't really going to help matter. What I do see in my community is many generations of families going into together on buying a home and splitting the mortgage. I think defining affordable housing in Hawaii is the key. Affordable, meaning at a cost to the individual looking for housing or at cost to taxpayers? I have no problem helping any one who is temporarily struggling to get back on their feet but I do have a problem helping someone who's families have wiped their hands of them. I think there is no simple solution for this problem. There is a series of issues here, with solutions for each. Affordable housing will only be a benefit for the working family that is homeless because of costs, and unfortunately I believe they are the smallest percentage living on our beaches. We need stricter drug laws, more long term drug/alcohol rehabilitation centers, stricter welfare laws, stricter child protection laws, we need long term center for people with mental health issues and we need more family centers on the island so that families can break these crazy cycles of ignorance.
jason

Haleiwa, HI

#8 Feb 20, 2008
we have to relize that we are not a person to person society here any more (that makes me sick) we no longer feel for our fellow humans, but rather on our own needs, "WE MAKE OUR OWN F**KIN childeren believe that is the proper way of doing things" every one wants things to be perfect. but with out individual input it will never happen, lern how to say good morning, learn how to say thank you. wasnt that diffucult 20 years ago. Instead of "what can you give me!" "learn this, "how can i help you?" Every one is so selffish now. is wrong
alice

Waipahu, HI

#9 Feb 20, 2008
giggle

“in all things be pono, aloha”

Since: Aug 07

moloka'I, hawaii

#10 Feb 20, 2008
that is what is meant by "aloha". if we cannot or are unwilling to care, then nobody does. mother teresa is dead. hubby and i are not rich and we are old, but somehow the good Lord softened our hearts toward one homeless man a few years ago and another just last year. they now have places to live in becaue we had the space and the love for them. now they have come out of their rut and work. it starts with each individual just caring. but i notice that people rather judge. and that depresses me.

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