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By: Rick Blangiardi
Last week's editorial piece on Hawaii's
Homeless produced some interesting comments, but also some very favorable
We finally heard from Governor
Abercrombie who sent three of his top staffers (Bruce Coppa, Chief of Staff,
Colin Kippen, Chair of Hawaii's Interagency Council on Homelessness and the
Governor's Homelessness Coordinator, and Brian Matson (top assistant to Mr.
They came to Hawaii News Now to brief us
on his administration's efforts to end homelessness in Hawaii.
These men produced a large folder of the
current State and Federal initiatives that are presently in the works to attach
this critical challenge. The body of
work represents more than two years of strategic planning.
What we were encouraged to learn is that
the city and state appear to be aligned on these initiatives, perhaps for the
very first time, but as we have been reporting on Hawaii News Now, Honolulu's
City Council and our State legislature aren't necessarily on the same page -- a
situation that will have to change if we are going to eliminate homelessness.
Beyond that, we discussed the incredible
complexity of dealing with the many reasons why people become homeless…from
mental health issues, drug addiction, unemployment…and the list goes on. Clearly, not a simple problem to fix, but
also not impossible!
In my opinion, the issue of solving the
homeless problems in Hawaii needs to have a "face" – someone people know is
responsible for ending this crippling and growing problem. I have offered, and Mr. Kippen has accepted,
to use this Local Connection spot to speak to the people of Hawaii. I plan to contact his counterpart at the city
We look forward to hearing from these
men about the progress we hope to see in the immediate future.