By: Rick Blangiardi
Quality of life issues matter to local residents and in our latest Hawaii News Now-Honolulu Star-Advertiser Hawaii Poll, they make it very clear where they stand on the homeless problem.
More than half of the people believe that in the past 12 months, the homeless issue has gotten worse. And another 40 percent say the situation is about the same and only four percent say it has gotten better.
55 percent of those responding to the Hawaii poll say homelessness is hurting us economically and is discouraging visitors to return to Hawaii.
And 60 percent think our quality of life is being affected as the homeless congregate on beaches, parks and sidewalks.
But their optimism returns when asked if homelessness can be solved. More than half the people say there will be a solution someday.
Clearly, we need to do something about an issue that continues to trouble anyone with a conscience. Efforts have been ongoing but it seems we cannot get a handle on the problem. This poll provides strong evidence that residents clearly believe it has started to take a toll on everyday life, and we need to find a solution.