Hawaii declares a state of emergency over the homeless crisis

The governor of Hawaii, David Ige, has declared a state of emergency to deal with the state’s homelessness crisis only days after officials cleared one of the nation’s largest homeless encampments.


Ige told reporters on Friday,  “we are making sure that we have options for those who are homeless to move into an emergency shelter, and the biggest deficit in the system is shelter space for families,” adding, “So the emergency proclamation would allow us to stand up shelters for families in an expeditious manner”.


Between 2014 and 2015 Hawaii has seen a 46% increase in the number of homeless families with over seven thousand homeless individuals documented in Hawaii’s last count.


Hawaii has the highest rate of homeless individuals per capita of any state in the nation.


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