Hawaii's Homeless: Where are they?

Hawaii's Homeless: Where are they?

There are 47 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Feb 15, 2010, titled Hawaii's Homeless: Where are they?. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Community workers fanned out across Oahu to count the homeless on a single day, Jan 23, 2009, and came up with the number 3,638 - 2,445 sheltered homeless and 1,193 unsheltered.

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Since: Oct 08

Kaneohe, HI

#1 Feb 17, 2010
we should institute labor camps where the government provides for all your NEEDS, not wants. food clothes, soap, shelter,etc. and in turn the homeless work an 8 hour day doing jobs that help beatify hawaii. They could cut grass, cook for themselves, fight graffitti, the sky is the limit.
Ok What

Honolulu, HI

#2 Feb 17, 2010
Brad Yamamoto wrote:
we should institute labor camps where the government provides for all your NEEDS, not wants. food clothes, soap, shelter,etc. and in turn the homeless work an 8 hour day doing jobs that help beatify hawaii. They could cut grass, cook for themselves, fight graffitti, the sky is the limit.
Labor camps??? Oh my friend. That is called prison. Not all homeless are criminals. I will give you credit and assume you meant well though and are working towards a good idea. Camps are not a bad idea with curfews and strict regulations,like shelters but less costly to run. This way they can be more easily accessed by health, mental, work, food , drug rehabilitation and housing activists/volunteers groups etc. That can get them on a road that may lead to a more stable life for them. The problem is not a simple one and neither is the answer. It will take more effort and communication between departments, groups and governments to really approach the problem.

I wish you the best and hope I never see you in a camp.
Mike

Hot Springs, MT

#3 Feb 18, 2010
Well at least now we have an idea of how many there are which is a start towards a more comprehensive approach to help them. Thanks Oahu for at least beginning a process which may lead to better things.
ack

Honolulu, HI

#4 Feb 18, 2010
Brad Yamamoto wrote:
we should institute labor camps where the government provides for all your NEEDS, not wants. food clothes, soap, shelter,etc. and in turn the homeless work an 8 hour day doing jobs that help beatify hawaii. They could cut grass, cook for themselves, fight graffitti, the sky is the limit.
The unions would never go for people doing jobs that union employees never seem to get around to.
ack

Honolulu, HI

#5 Feb 18, 2010
A better headline would have been, "Hawaii's homeless...where AREN'T they?"
They should also differentiate between Hawaii's local homeless and the homeless from the other states (especially those sent here by other cities and states using taxpayer funds).
alice

Kahului, HI

#6 Feb 18, 2010
ack makes sense
Wildman

Honolulu, HI

#7 Feb 18, 2010
alice wrote:
ack makes sense
Ack makes more than sense...In recent studies by the STATE then, had indeed implied we had rec'd a huge percentage from the mainland who seemed to had been sent here, and then abandoned to be homeless..yet, the total amount of funding for the homeless was to be for those who were actual residents of hawaii,born and raised. Later, became uncontrolled , by large numbers of non-residents from Micronesia,Mainland U.S , and foriegn cities. This caused a state funding problem with the Welfare assistance program and shelters.
alice

Kahului, HI

#8 Feb 18, 2010
yup..I talked to a guy walking near my place of work in Waikiki. He was from Iaho..and homeless. But he looked happy and well fed. He thanked all the churches and welfare workers for keeping everybody fed and warm. He looked more affluent than me.
Sandpiper

Mililani, HI

#9 Feb 18, 2010
Boy it sure gets crowded on the beach.
Wildman

Honolulu, HI

#11 Feb 19, 2010
Kailani wrote:
Yeah there might be more to the picture than meets the eye, jobs are getting scarce everywhere, tenants are being evicted, there doesn't seem to be any end in sight.
http://www.topix.com/forum/com/fcea/TV1DEO4TH...
To be honest with you, its more a state problem, no regulations on the State housing Dept,DCCA's lack to secure ripoff landlords who had been scamming the public and getting tax credits in the past to the present, some were fined 1 to 5 thousand dollars a slap on the wrist after years of gouging low income,seniors,disabled residents out of thousands of dollars,yet DCCA ran a monkey hearing against them and allowed them to continue their debauchy lifestyles of scams against the public...honestly,DCCA was the main Dept that is responsible for so many homeless in hawaii, not regulating the Real Estate Laws to protect the best interest of the public while the taxpayers take the loss. When landlords owners hire mainland firms or property managements to handle their property corruption begins. DCCA had allowed such to one company that the public should be aware of where corruption is considered, how ?...an Unlicensed prorperty management, whose owners attorney was found to be one of the advisors in the past on the boards commission that held decisions in real estate cases, conflict of interest is what I would call it...because of his past involvement with the owners as their attorney, the owners are also connected to the company who was unlicensed as inlaws. thus, corruption is present in DCCA's decision to terminate or reject such business to operate without prejudice or using impartial judgement...Wildman!
Toot Toot

Kaneohe, HI

#12 Feb 20, 2010
Brad Yamamoto wrote:
we should institute labor camps where the government provides for all your NEEDS, not wants. food clothes, soap, shelter,etc. and in turn the homeless work an 8 hour day doing jobs that help beatify hawaii. They could cut grass, cook for themselves, fight graffitti, the sky is the limit.
What,and have them cry that their constitutional rights were violated because they have to work let alone cook for themselves. They'll cry that their lifestyle was violated too because food was always brought to them and after spoiling them for all these years it is not right for us to cook our own food they'll say. Man for a lifestyle like this, I'll go homeless. Just think I can keep all my money and live off of the government for free and have my cake too.
Toot Toot

Kaneohe, HI

#13 Feb 20, 2010
Kailani wrote:
Yeah there might be more to the picture than meets the eye, jobs are getting scarce everywhere, tenants are being evicted, there doesn't seem to be any end in sight.
http://www.topix.com/forum/com/fcea/TV1DEO4TH...
Hey Kalani, once upon a time no locals wanted to live in Public Housing so every nationally came in to live in them. Where the local people now? On the beach. Now the locals trying to get in Public Housing and awe, no more vacancies for them. But funny how the outsiders still getting in though. Awe!
Toot Toot

Kaneohe, HI

#14 Feb 20, 2010
Sandpiper wrote:
Boy it sure gets crowded on the beach.
What you expect? Lots of crabs live on the sand too you know. So either the humans go or the crabs go. Wait! Wait! don't kick the crabs out. bum by no more food too. Awe!
alice

Kahului, HI

#15 Feb 20, 2010
very true
Sandpiper

United States

#16 Feb 20, 2010
Crowded on the beach.
alice

Kahului, HI

#18 Feb 21, 2010
I feed homless at our church..most say they love Hawaii and come here every year
State Library

Mililani, HI

#19 Feb 21, 2010
The Fiction section got furloughed.
Ok What

Honolulu, HI

#20 Feb 22, 2010
Toot Toot wrote:
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What,and have them cry that their constitutional rights were violated because they have to work let alone cook for themselves. They'll cry that their lifestyle was violated too because food was always brought to them and after spoiling them for all these years it is not right for us to cook our own food they'll say. Man for a lifestyle like this, I'll go homeless. Just think I can keep all my money and live off of the government for free and have my cake too.
WHAT!!! I dare you to go homeless. What an out of whack person you are. Try being homeless then come back here and post about how spoiled you were.
You are such a joke!!! Wake up and smell reality!!
Wheres the Aloha

Niceville, FL

#24 Feb 25, 2010
Clowns now days, I think there is way more homless than "3,638 - 2,445 sheltered homeless and 1,193 unsheltered." I think the homeless is an eyesore and the government wastes too much money sending supplies and aides to other countries when we can't even take care of our own in the US. I've seen the homeless in Hawaii especially in Maili, Waianae, Kehaus, ect. They get evicted from beach to beach. And yes there is always the difference from homeless and houseless, for all the local families it is rough and when they are unable to meet the high demands of the economy they are forced to live in tent city's on the beach, they the ones that should get the help. My family occationally makes meals and drives out plates to the homeless on the Waianae coast. Other homeless that choose the live that lifestlye make wrong choices like drugs and alcohol abuse and are hopeless they need to realize that life has more to offer and grow up. The people that complain and grumble about the homeless and don't try to fix the problem only make things worst. A little help goes a long.
alice

Kahului, HI

#25 Mar 10, 2010
Haves ome compassion. Lingle could not care less about Hawaii or its people. She would rather see you all homeless.

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