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State begins annual survey on homeless residents

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Dozens of volunteers across the state have begun an annual survey that determines how many homeless people live on the streets of Hawaii.

On Oahu, areas from Waikiki to the Honolulu International Airport were canvassed on Monday, as were areas near Wahiawa and Haleiwa.

The count is important for federal grants that fund homeless programs and services.

Despite recent legislation outlawing sitting and lying in certain areas of Oahu, the numbers may not necessarily reflect the desired drop.

"We're going to probably see the numbers increase a little bit, but that's probably most likely due to the accuracy of the numbers and actually finding people a little bit more due to the sit-lie bill shuffling people around," said Kimo Carvalho, Development & Community Relations Manager for the Institute of Human Services.

Recent surveys indicate there are nearly 7,000 homeless people living statewide. The results of this year's study will likely be released in the spring.

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