Homelessness

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Sam’s Take

Homelessness in Hawaiʻi has gotten worse over the past two decades. The government has thrown millions of dollars at the problem, but it keeps growing. One of the reasons is that there is no such thing as just homelessness. It has different causes, such as financial loss, mental health problems, drug abuse, and more. We have made some progress, particularly with veterans, but we need changed laws to deal with the mentally-ill and others. Continual government sweeps don’t work. Shelter with too many restrictions doesn’t work. We need to listen more to those outside of the government, the non-profits who are on the front lines and often differ with legislative mandates. It is a complex problem but can be solved in pieces rather than trying to solve the entire issue all at once. One thing is clear: government and more taxpayer money will not provide the ultimate solution. 

“One thing is clear: government and more taxpayer money will not provide the ultimate solution.”