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We know that homelessness is a big
problem in Hawaii and the state's return to home law, while well intentioned,
needs to go back to the drafting table.
Return to home would have had the
state pay for one-way tickets to have the homeless returned to family members
on the mainland.
According to the Chamber of
Commerce it costs the state about $1,500 to $3,000 per month to provide
services to a single homeless person. Some say it's even higher when medical
costs are included. Nearly six in 10 of our homeless are not from Hawaii.
But the law was written, as many
are on the state and city level, without a clear understanding of the impact
and the State Department of Human Services chose not to participate.
DHS said it could not easily make
connections with family members, conduct criminal background checks, get people
on airplanes and make sure that the funds used for transporting the homeless
were actually being used for that purpose.
So the idea is a good one but it needs
fine-tuning. Let's hope it gets going with all the necessary checks and