5 recent Oahu homicides highlight homeless dangers

HONOLULU (AP) - The state's coordinator on homelessness says recent killings of 5 men highlight how dangerous it can be to live on Honolulu's streets.

Colin Kippen says there needs to be a solution for permanent housing beyond moving people from sidewalk to sidewalk.

Police are investigating the deaths of five Oahu homeless men in the past six months.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that Kippen says a $2.1 million federal grant recently awarded to the state Department of Health should help provide additional case management services.

A homeless count last year found about 3,000 people in shelters and nearly 1,500 without shelter on Oahu.

The most recent death was a stabbing Monday of a man sleeping near a Kailua restaurant. Police are asking the public for help locating a suspect.

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