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In Hawaii, A Traveling Preschool Serves The Homeless

Jan 11, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

One element of homelessness that doesn’t always get a lot of attention: the impact on young children, and in particular their education. There’s a group on Oahu that focuses on providing free preschool for homeless children and families. HPR’s Molly Solomon paid a visit and has this report.

About a dozen families stand in a circle, holding hands as they sing their morning pule, or prayer. They’re by a parking lot for a pair of homeless shelters in Kapolei. That’s where many of these families are living.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

Construction is underway for a temporary shelter for homeless families near the Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park.  It’ll be located inside a 5,000-square-foot maintenance shed formerly used by the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority. Governor David Ige says the facility will be able to house around 15 families, each staying for a short duration before making the transition to more permanent housing.

Scott Morishige is the State Homeless Coordinator and says the space is designed to address the lack of shelter available for homeless families. 

daveynin / Flickr
daveynin / Flickr

  The Governor's recent emergency and supplemental proclamations on homelessness have communities throughout Hawaii percolating with ideas.  So how are outreach workers contributing and reacting to the community specific plans.  We'll chat with special guest Greg Payton, Executive Committee Chair of Partners in Care and CEO of Mental Health Kokua.  Tune in today at 5pm on HPR-2. 

ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Honolulu Homeless Sweeps

Nov 4, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

There’s new evidence in a case challenging the Honolulu’s stored property and sidewalk nuisance ordinances. That’s according to the American Civil Liberties Union. It’s representing 14 plaintiffs in a suit against the city and county’s response to homeless people and their personal property. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Jai Mansson / Flickr
Jai Mansson / Flickr

Governor David Ige’s emergency proclamation to deal with the homeless could sweep camps in Honolulu as early as next week.  1.3-million dollars was issued under the emergency proclamation – with a little less than half of that going to help the homeless situation on neighbor islands.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Governor David Ige announced plans to clear new homeless camps in Kaka‘ako. The 130 people living on state park land will have three weeks to move before sweeps begin in November. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the Governor’s plan relies on help from those who work with the homeless. 

New Approach for Some Maui Homeless

Oct 12, 2015
Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

As Hawai‘i continues to wrestle with the highest rate of homelessness in the nation, one Maui group has come up with a creative solution to alleviate the problem. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

It’s been nearly a year since tourism officials funded a plan to tackle Waikīkī’s homeless problem. Now they’re looking to expand the model to neighbor islands, starting first on Maui. HPR’s Molly Solomon has an update.

Town Square: Homelessness in Hawaii

Sep 17, 2015
Michael Coghlan / Flickr
Michael Coghlan / Flickr

Continuing this week’s focus on Hawai‘i homelessness, our panel of three of Oʻahu’s top homeless outreach providers: Greg Payton, Chair of Partners in Care; Sheila Beckham, CEO of Waikiki Health; and Scott Fuji, Interim Executive Director of PHOCUSED.

Lawsuit Challenges City's Sidewalk Ordinances

Sep 16, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

A lawsuit was filed in Federal Court today challenging the City and County of Honolulu’s actions against homeless people and their personal property.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Kyle Nishioka / Flickr
Kyle Nishioka / Flickr

The first partial sweep of the Kaka‘ako homeless encampment will take place the day after Labor Day.  Mayor Kirk Caldwell says notices will be given to people living there next Monday—telling them to leave.  The area is a small portion of the Kaka‘ako Waterfront where about 20 to 25 people are living.  Earlier this week, city officials announced 28 people had been moved from the Kaka‘ako homeless encampment into shelters. 

Campground for the Homeless on Maui?

Aug 3, 2015
Michael Coghlan / Flickr
Michael Coghlan / Flickr

A Maui nonprofit wants to build a state-of-the-art campground facility that can be used by both recreational and homeless campers, but neighbors think it's a bad idea.  Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News. 

The Ho'omoana Foundation wants to build the facility on two acres of private land in West Maui. Initially, the camp would have eight pods--sites with space for a tent and picnic table.  If the project is successful, it could be expanded to accommodate a total of 26 pods, or 80 campers.

UH Report: City Sweeps on Homeless Aren't Working

Jun 16, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

As the Honolulu City Council continues to debate expanding the sit-lie ban, a new report out of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Urban Regional Planning suggests these laws are doing little to curb homelessness.  The authors surveyed 70 homeless individuals at encampments in Kaka‘ako, A‘ala Park, and Kapālama Canal. 68% reported the sweeps have no effect on them seeking emergency shelter. UH Mānoa graduate student Tai Dunson-Strane co-authored the report.

Town Square- Help For the Homeless Strategy

Apr 30, 2015

  Hawaii is getting some input from experts in crafting its strategy to help the homeless. This week on Town Square, State Homelessness Coordinator, Colin Kippen and Lloyd Pendelton, Director of the Utah Homeless Task Force look at how Utah has significantly decreased its homeless population - and how Hawaii might emulate its success.

Town Square- Homeless Assistance

Mar 19, 2015

A chat with the front line in Homeless assistance.  Bill Hummel, HPU Professor of Social Work, and Heather Lusk, of the C.H.O.W. project which provides statewide needle exchange. 

Town Square: Considering the plight of the homeless in Hawaii

Feb 12, 2015

  Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith is an ordained minister who took her vow of poverty and put it into action. She spent the past four years living with the poor, the marginalized and the homeless. She lived for three years in the U.S. “under the stars” and for the past year has been on a global journey. She's in Hawaii to consider the plight of the homeless here - and with us on Town Square.

City Sweep Forces Homeless Off Streets in Kakaako

Nov 14, 2014
Molly Solomon

Five days a week, city workers hit the streets to conduct sweeps on Honolulu sidewalks. It’s part of a controversial ordinance that went into effect last July, that allows officials to clear streets occupied by the homeless and their belongings. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there as one was taking place in Kaka‘ako Thursday morning, where some believe a "Hawaii Five-0" shoot is to blame. 

Town Square: Homelessness in Paradise

Nov 13, 2014

The Institute for Human Services is planning a program to help some homeless people return to their home states and it wants to spread the word that Hawaii is not the place for mainland homeless people to come. Our panel will look at the specifics of saying Paradise isn't for everyone.  Guests: Colin Kippen, Homeless Coordinator for the State of Hawai‘i; Connie Mitchell, IHS, Executive Director; Greg Payton ,Partners In Care, Executive Chair;  Larry Geller,Community Advocate.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i’s Board of Land and Natural Resources gave the green light for the city’s plan to temporarily create a homeless site on Sand Island. The board voted 5 - 1 to approve a three-year lease of the land, free of charge. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

City Plans Public Meeting on Sand Island Homeless Site

Sep 10, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Honolulu residents will get an opportunity to sound off on a new plan to temporarily move homeless people to Sand Island. The city will hold a community meeting tonight to discuss the proposal…one of several aimed at dealing with Hawai‘i’s growing homeless problem. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

HCDA Funds Homeless Shelter Job Training Program

Jun 10, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Kaka’ako Waterfront Park, the shoreline site of the popular Point Panic surfing spot in urban Honolulu, costs the state 438-dollars a day for janitorial and trash removal services.  But, according to the Hawai’i Community Development Authority, the state agency that foots the bill, it’s money well spent.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council has wrestled with a growing homeless problem in Chinatown for decades and has been made even worse because of the lack of public restrooms.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Hawaii Food Basket
Hawaii Food Basket

  

  The State Department of Health has introduced new, more stringent regulations for food safety in commercial establishments.  Under the old rules, low income and homeless feeding programs were exempted from some of the provisions.  But that's changing, and it will have a direct impact on Hawaii Island.  HPR's Sherry Bracken explains.

Honolulu City Council Committee Kills Sidewalk Ban

Nov 19, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

State Representative Tom Brower created quite a controversy earlier this week with his sledge-hammer attacks on grocery shopping carts in Waikiki as his way to rid the area of homelessness.   The Honolulu City Council has been pursuing another method by creating a new law that would ban lying down on public sidewalks in certain districts.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has been following this story and filed this report. 

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Today, on Veterans’ Day, we recognize the 110 thousand veterans in Hawai’i.  Most are living happy productive lives, but service providers here say housing is the biggest challenge.  The U.S. Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, Eric Shinseki, has set a goal of ending homelessness among veterans by 2015, so HPR’s Noe Tanigawa attended a recent gathering to find out more about the issue. 

For information on resources for veterans:

http://www.va.gov/

http://www.usvetsinc.org/

Flickr / dannyman
Flickr / dannyman

This week, HPR news is doing a series of reports we call Neighbors an Island Story.  One troubling fact around the state is that part of the population of each island is homeless. And while Oahu captures many of the headlines, homelessness is an issue on the Big Island as well...especially on the west side.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has more from Kona.

Homeless Outreach by Waikiki Health

Jul 15, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

According to the 2013 Statewide Homeless Point-in-Time Count taken in January, 3 out of 4 unsheltered homeless persons on O’ahu are family members...with at least one child under the age of 18. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka accompanied a homeless outreach team from Waikiki Health and filed this report.  

 

         

Plugged In on the Streets

May 29, 2013
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

We all know that kids these days live their lives on the phone or the computer. But if you’re homeless…it’s something much deeper. Having access to technology can mean a safety net that wasn’t there in the past. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a look at how our digital world has changed what it means to be a homeless youth today.

Homeless Outreach Team in Honolulu

Mar 14, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council will convene a special meeting tomorrow afternoon to discuss homeless housing and services on Oahu in an effort to look at solutions for this growing problem. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka accompanied a team of outreach workers who meet with the homeless on the streets year-round.

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