Local connection: Chinatown Homeless

Local connection: Chinatown Homeless

By: Rick Blangiardi

Chinatown is being overrun with the homeless, many of whom are mentally ill and using the streets as a bathroom.

Tourists in Waikiki are beginning to notice and complain about their visitor experience. It is just a matter of time before some just won't come back.

The streets around the children's discovery center and the UH-medical center are lined with homeless families.

A Waipahu high school student is living with her family in junkyard cars.

A homeless man was living in a tree before he was forced to come down.

I could go on and on.

The newest homeless count shows 4,712 homeless on Oahu, a 30 percent increase in five years but let's be serious. These are just the folks who can be counted. The problem is far greater as the hidden homeless cannot be accounted for.

There have been task forces, 90-day plans, temporary city housing blueprints for the homeless, tent city proposals, police sweeps and even a sledgehammer taken to supermarket carts the homeless are carting around. Nothing has worked.

It is time for the governor to declare a state of emergency and get the resources he needs to deal with what this is an emergency!

Whatever it takes, we cannot allow this shameful situation to continue. It needs to end now.

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