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June 1, 2015

Think About It: Stats and Souls

According to a 2015 report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, only three states in this country saw a greater increase in their number of homeless residents in 2014 vs. 2013. The statistics indicate that Hawaii saw a 9.2% jump last year, behind only Nevada, Idaho, and Massachusetts, which all, unfortunately, experienced double digit increases in homelessness.

Nationally, it is estimated that over 575,000 people experienced homelessness in 2014. This estimate is down 11% from the number of people on streets back in 2007. In 2014, the national rate of people experiencing homelessness was 18 people per 10,000 residents, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. This is a decrease of about 1 person per 10,000 people from 2013. The rate of homelessness in Hawaii was 49 people per 10,000, a staggering figure that is almost three times the national average.

But at the end of the day, these mind-numbing statistics are just harrowing numbers. Homelessness is about real souls, about caring, about diligent, comprehensive, thorough, and measurable efforts and getting results. The 2013 drop in Hawaii's unemployment rate, sometimes a precursor to homelessness, was 2nd best of any state in 2013- that's a good start. But beyond statistics, guesstimates, anecdotal factoids, drive-by staring, and stark figures, we now must hear and then see more concrete evidence that officials are working together alongside the private sector to help resolve the sorry state of homelessness right here at home- in the Aloha State. Think about it…

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