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After Action Review of 2017 Point in Time Count; USS Bowfin; Citizen Engagement in 2017

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State Homeless Coordinator; Sea Turtle Assessment; Artists for Social Justice

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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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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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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.

Wayne Yoshioka

Representatives from Hawai’i’s hospitality industry converged on the State Capitol today to brief lawmakers on their legislative priorities.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

Three Senate Bills are advancing in the legislature that would classify homelessness as a medical condition.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports Federal approval remains the biggest challenge.

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.

Town Square: Progress on Homelessness

Nov 29, 2016
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Jim Fischer / Flickr

Homelessness continued to be one of the galvanizing issues, top of mind within the four counties and Statewide this year. But where has one more year brought us? This week on Town Square Beth-Ann Kozlovich and guests will look at the progress on homelessness.

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. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The State and City of Honolulu are implementing separate plans to address homelessness and affordable rental housing.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature took up the issue of Homelessness as its top priority at the beginning of this year’s session.   And they have completed their budget recommendations for final approval by the full House and Senate.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

State Senate and House lawmakers began working out their differences on more than 300 bills today.   A high priority this session was homelessness and affordable housing.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

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.

Wayne Yoshioka

More than 40 percent of Hawai’i’s homeless live unsheltered on neighborhood streets, parks, beaches or vacant properties.   But the state does not plan to spend more on shelters for this population.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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…

Wayne Yoshioka

Homelessness was cited by legislative leaders as the most pressing issue this session.  There are more than 130 bills relating to homelessness and affordable housing.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update on some of the bills that are advancing as we near the one-third mark on the legislative calendar.

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."

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The joint Senate and House money committees conducted another pre-session budget hearing today and lawmakers focused on one of the key issues in the state.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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.

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Catholic Charities Hawai’i hosted a Social Advocacy Forum to prepare for the upcoming legislative session.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, a veteran lawmaker was there to provide guidance.

Wayne Yoshioka

The City and County of Honolulu is planning to spend nearly 140 million dollars over two years to address homelessness on O’ahu.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

Wayne Yoshioka

The State and City hosted a Landlord Summit today to ask O’ahu property owners and managers to rent more of their housing units to the homeless.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

The state was scheduled to enforce park closure hours beginning last night for homeless campers in Kaka’ako and Kewalo.  But the estimated 130 overnight campers got a reprieve yesterday.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Wayne Yoshioka

People who serve their full prison sentences are at great risk of becoming homeless on O’ahu.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, it’s a situation without a clear solution.

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. 

Wayne Yoshioka

A large segment of the homeless population in Kaka’ako has moved to nearby state parks.   In response to this development, the Governor announced plans for a coordinated effort to enforce park closure rules.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports at least one frequent park user supports the plan.

Wayne Yoshioka

The City conducted a second “sweep” in Kaka’ako today to enforce the sidewalk nuisance ordinance.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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