Homeless Population on Oahu Increases Significantly
According to the latest Homeless Point-in-Time Count, there were a total of 4,556 homeless people on the island of Oahu in January 2013, which represented a 4.7 percent increase from the previous year. More pressing for state lawmakers is the fact that the number of homeless living on the street increased to 1,465 people, an 11 percent jump from the same month in 2012. These findings reverse the trend set during the previous two years that showed the number of homeless were decreasing on Oahu.
State homeless coordinator Colin Kippen stated that he hopes that this study would help lawmakers to identify what needs to be done to help to end homelessness. Kippen added, “One of the things that this report screams out is that we have a lot to do and the Housing First collaboration with the city is really the right approach. If everyone went into shelter, you’d see a reduction in our unsheltered population. We have to look at getting people into a more stable situation as quickly as possible.”