Homelessness In Hawaii Research Paper

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Homelessness has had profound effects on Hawaii’s government and its’ citizens. Hawaii has observed a prevalent increase in its’ homeless population over the years. Local communities are forced to watch as tents continue to affect the conditions of our neighborhoods. I used to drive past a homeless family with young children on my way to work every morning. I often saw the toddler aged kids running on the street unsupervised and I would feel mad that there was no adult supervision, sad because children shouldn’t be homeless, and helpless because I didn’t know how to help. I no longer go to work that way because the children have become too comfortable playing on the street and I’m worried that I might hit one of them. It is common for…show more content…
The homeless population in Hawaii is made up of various ethnicities and racial groups, genders and ages. Homelessness does not discriminate. Families, families with young children, veterans, victims of domestic violence, mental illness, and addiction all make up the homeless population in Hawaii. Many of the homeless in Hawaii are not even from Hawaii. Hawaii’s homeless coordinator, Collin Kippen says that “There are homeless people that who come here in the winter months, just as tourists who come here when the Mainland weather is brutal”. Technology helps the homeless to research Hawaii and find that the weather is great and social services are readily available. Families with young children are often the victims of domestic violence. Families with young children are the States priorities when it comes to finding permanent housing. Children and teens have emotional and developmental problems when they grow up being homeless. Social services often work with schools to locate families in need of housing assistance. There has been a 52% increase of homeless veterans since 2009. A number of veterans are visible in the homeless population and many of them suffer from disabilities and mental…show more content…
There were 3,079 sheltered homeless which included people who were staying in emergency, transitional or safe haven programs and 1,633 unsheltered homeless, 70% or 2,356 of sheltered homeless were families, 12% or 188 unsheltered homeless were in families. The majority of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families live on Oahu with the bulk occupying downtown Honolulu. The number of sheltered and unsheltered individuals on all of the islands have seen an increase over the past six years (DHS,

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