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February 8, 2010

Home Street Home

The state's homeless problem drags on and on. Some reports indicate that it might actually be getting worse, and with the economic woes of late, that's not a great surprise. This is in spite of some solid efforts made at the City of Honolulu and state levels to provide more housing and more shelter options than ever before.

But keep in mind, some people choose not to be encumbered by rules, restrictions, and the social norms mandated in order to stay at shelters or in temporary housing. Some people want their freedom, even if it affects other people's freedoms and possibly their safety. There are many facets to homelessness, including- but not limited to- bad luck, bad circumstances, and bad choices.

But the pristine beaches and parks of this state should not become tent camps at the expense of the general public's enjoyment on a regular basis. Moving homeless groups out of one area has traditionally resulted in another area being encamped shortly thereafter. Between social work, legal efforts, empathetic entrepreneurs, and regular policing, hopefully soon we can say that we have got a better handle on helping the homeless to find a place that works for these individuals and everyone else in a humane, realistic manner. Think about it…

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