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There are many ways to measure the impact of high housing prices in a community. In Hawaii and other states there is the annual point in time count of homeless on the streets and in shelters. But there are other measurements — including an unusual one that has developed in Hong Kong.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Affordable housing got a boost on Maui recently when Governor Ige signed a bill that will help keep rents stable for 142 apartments on Front Street and build more affordable rentals in Lahaina. In the first of a series about housing on Maui, HPR's Noe Tanigawa reports on Maui's struggle to match incomes to housing costs.

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Community Check-in: Waikiki    

The Conversation: Monday, April 30th, 2018

Apr 30, 2018
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Homeless Safe Zones Funding; Kauai Recovery Update; Maunalua Heritage Festival; Power of Positive Thinking

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

For most people, a hot shower is simply part of the daily routine. But for more than 7,000 Hawaiʻi residents experiencing homelessness, that hot shower has been a luxury...until now. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

Honolulu, Kauai Counties Ban Lying Down at Bus Stop

Feb 26, 2018
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Bus riders have long complained about homeless turning those shelters into their bedrooms or worse bathrooms. Last week, Honolulu Mayor Kick Caldwell signed a ban on sleeping at bus stops into law. Kauai County enacted a similar ban that took effect last week. 

The Conversation: Monday, February 26th, 2018

Feb 26, 2018
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Bus Stop Ban; Homeless Youth Study; African American History Museum

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Hundreds of volunteers have been canvasing streets statewide this week surveying Hawai’i’s homeless population. The annual Point-In-Time Count is part of a nationwide effort to document the number of homeless people. HPR Reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi joined the count and has this story.

The Conversation: Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Dec 14, 2017
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Homeless Youth; CHIP in Hawaii; Recovering MIA Americans; Tin Type Photography

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DAVID HOLT / Flickr

As we’ve been reporting this week, Hawai‘i still has the worst homeless situation per capita among all 50 states, according to the latest figures from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. But homelessness is a growing problem in many areas—including what may be some unexpected places in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Ken Lund / Flickr

Just over a month ago, Hawai'i County Mayor Harry Kim and his team moved most of the homeless out of Old Airport Park on the west side of the island. That meant around 68 people who had been living in the park had to leave. About half of them are now living in the County’s new tent city. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has an update.

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Wikimedia Commons

Last week, Hawai'i County started clearing homeless people from Old Airport Park. It was the first step of a process that continues this week—with a more extensive cleanup.  The County and private agencies have made significant progress in helping resolve the issue of where people can live.  HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken explains.

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Wikimedia Commons

A dispute over a homeless encampment in Australia’s largest city has apparently come to an end. The mayor of Sydney says the city will provide a safe space for the homeless—although several details remain uncertain. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikimedia Commons

The challenges of homelessness differ on each island---for those who experience it, those who try to help them, and those who enforce the law. On Hawai‘i Island, Mayor Harry Kim has made it a priority to clean up a West Hawai‘i Park where many have been living illegally. Right now around 60 people live there, and authorities are making some changes. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken has the story.

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daveynin / Flickr

The entire state is trying to come up with solutions to address homelessness. In Hawai'i County, the annual Point in Time Count showed a reduction in homeless individuals from last year to this year of about a third. But that still leaves nearly a thousand unsheltered people on the island by the official count. HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken talked with county and state officials about how the issue is being addressed.

Maui Beach Prepares for Homeless Sweep

May 22, 2017
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Baldwin Beach Park stretches for more than 17 acres along the north shore of Maui, just outside of Paia. It's got a soccer field, a softball field, and even a cricket pitch. It's also got a significant homeless population. Tomorrow, county officials will conduct a sweep of the area. We get more on the story from Colleen Uechi of The Maui News.

Hawaii's Homeless Count Underway

Jan 26, 2017
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hundreds of volunteers have been canvassing the streets across the state. They’re counting homeless individuals and families for the annual Point-In-Time Count. The number plays a role in everything from securing federal funds to helping local agencies get a snapshot of the state of homelessness. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there as the count began and has this report.

Why This Waipahu Homeless Shelter Is Closing Its Doors

Dec 23, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A Waipahu homeless shelter is preparing to close its doors for good. Shelter officials at Lighthouse Outreach Center say new regulations adopted by the state are to blame. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

A new study is trying to find the missing puzzle piece in the effort to curb homelessness in Hawai‘i.

The Aloha United Way and the Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice are using part of a $5 million state grant to study entry points to homelessness.  Research will focus on understanding how people slip through incarceration, hospital emergency rooms and the foster care system using different research methods, data collection, and focus groups.

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Salvation Army USA West / Flickr

One of O‘ahu’s largest assistance food pantries could shut down if it doesn’t find a new home in the next few months.

For nearly two decades Feeding Hawai‘i Together has provided free goods and food on a daily basis to around 400 clients living below the poverty level.

Builders Chip In To Renovate Homeless Youth Center

Aug 11, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A Waikīkī youth outreach center recently got a much-needed makeover. Thanks to funding raised by a group of local builders and contractors, the nearly $50,000 project is complete. 

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

According to the latest Point in Time Count, homelessness in Hawai‘i is up 4 percent from last year, the 5th consecutive year it’s increased. That’s nearly 8,000 individual stories. HPR’s Molly Solomon has one of them.

The Conversation: Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Jun 16, 2016
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Renting to Homeless; French Film Festival in Honolulu; Tackling Ocean Debris; Celebrating Juneteenth

Finding Land Lords for the Homeless: Kimo Carvahlo

The Conversation: Friday, May 27th, 2016

May 27, 2016
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Preventing Food Waste at UH Manoa; Similarities Between Ancient Fabrics and Modern Athletic Wear; Business of Organic Farming; Okinawan Heritage Festival

Food Waste at UH: Heather Fucini, UH Food Recovery Network President

Bytemarks Café: Technology & Homelessness

May 18, 2016
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  Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll learn how two organizations are using technology to help address the challenges of homelessness. How can technology and innovation be effectively applied to social services? What solutions can make a difference?

Town Square: Progress on Hawai‘i’s Homeless?

Mar 31, 2016
Nick Yee
Nick Yee

  Homelessness was at the top of the legislative list at the start of this session. Now with little more than a month to go, how do outreach and faith-based providers and the state's homelessness coordinator feel about the focus and the progress lawmakers have made so far? 

Job Center On Wheels Connects Homeless With Work

Mar 10, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A mobile job center is popping up in neighborhoods around O‘ahu. The program is run by the Institute for Human Services and helps connect homeless people with work. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

Developers and Builders Raise Funds For Homelessness

Feb 18, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A Hawai‘i nonprofit made up of local builders and developers is working to address homelessness. HomeAid Hawai‘i, in partnership with the Building Industry Association, began last summer and has raised funds to dramatically cut costs for its first three projects. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more…

A Look Inside Honolulu's Latest Homeless Shelter

Feb 8, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

A new homeless shelter in Honolulu is banking on the idea that fewer rules could lead to more people off the streets. The Sand Island facility, called Hale Mauliola, has been in business for three months now. HPR’s Molly Solomon paid a visit to see how things are going.

Patricia Thomas welcomes me into her home, a bright blue shipping container at Sand Island’s Hale Mauliola navigation center. "This is for a couple, two beds," she said. "They supply the furnishings, you're not sleeping on the ground."

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

Homelessness is on the big “To Do” list for the Governor and many state lawmakers the coming legislative session.  Central to that action will be the perspectives of Scott Morishige the State Homelessness Coordinator,  Jun Yang the Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Housing for the City and County of Honolulu, and Greg Payton the Executive Director of Mental Health Kokua, and now former chair of Partners in Care. They’ll join us with a preview. 

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