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March 24, 2011

Mobile Homeless

The homeless situation is like a bad game of musical chairs. Move ‘em off the beaches in Nanakuli and Waianae; move ‘em off the benches and out of the parks in Waikiki; move ‘em off the grass in Kakaako near the UH School of Medicine. These are not mobile homes, but rather mobile homeless. For some of the homeless, the forced moves last week did encourage them to check out available shelters. For others, the annoyance of being told to move meant simply finding new digs a few blocks away... for now.

It's a horrible situation with no easy answers and lots of questions. Some people simply don't want the regiment and restrictions that shelters rightfully require. Others have substance abuse issues, while a number suffer from mental illness. Inability to find or hold a job and the lack of affordable housing are also reasons that people end up on the street. Unfortunately, some of the homeless are experiencing a troubling combination of these issues. Some have become chronic street denizens.

But there is a beacon of light in this dark reality, as non-profits, volunteers, the local government, and a coalition of religious groups here offer more hope, more help, and more housing than perhaps ever before in Hawaii. There are programs and shelters available today. There is always hope that people can get back on their feet- even when it requires some urging and some effort. There are many success stories and we will hopefully see fewer days of clearing the neighborhood and fewer people needing to be cleared in the months ahead so we don't need to hear about the sad case of yet another numbing eviction.. Think about it…

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