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Group helps homeless woman pay for flight home

Tiara Reed Tiara Reed

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A young woman and her two year old son flew to Hawaii for a family reunion -- and ended up homeless. Tiara Reed had never met her mother but she found out that she was in Hawaii and the two began communicating.

Reed decided to travel to Hawaii with her son so she could be with her mom. But about a month ago, things started to unravel, and reed found herself living on the streets.

That's when a group called Help Hawaii Homeless stepped in. They got donations from local businesses and paid for two one-way tickets back to New York.

"A lot of crying, a lot of confusion. At one point I felt hopeless, I didn't think I was going to return. I just knew that was it. That was basically, it means a lot more but words couldn't describe the pain I was going through" said Reed.

Help Hawaii Homeless was strongly behind Bill 2280 in the legislature, which would have created a return to home program. The program would pay for a one-way ticket for out-of-state homeless people to return to their home state. That bill, however, died last session

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