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January 19, 2015

Think About It: Homeless No More

Hopefully, you heard the word last week. There's more than just hope for the homeless, there are now some real results. Not that efforts and good news hasn't surfaced in the past, but the latest efforts between public and private concerns seems to be having an immediate impact. People are transitioning into shelters and homes at faster rates, people are being flown back to the mainland to re-connect with family members and loved ones.

The numbers speak for themselves as the Institute for Human Services is able to show immediate results with its Housing First agreement. And this upbeat news comes less than three months after the program and one-on-one efforts began in earnest in Waikiki. The Hilton Hawaiian Village is planning a possible telethon in two months to help secure more much needed funding to continue to allow everyone to see results. This is not a problem that simply goes away or gets eradicated forever… but we hear so often about the plight of the homeless, that it's nice to hear about the flight of the homeless- into shelters, transitioning into jobs, or flying home or someplace where loved ones can be available.

We need more businesses and individuals to step up and feed the kitty; we need more public-private efforts to augment the initial efforts being successfully made. We need to make the win-win a statewide goal, not just a Waikiki/tourist-related push. Contact IHS or other local agencies that help the needy to find out what you can do or how to get your business involved. Yesterday's gone, but tomorrow presents itself as a great day for you to help someone move forward. Think about it…

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