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Oahu island's homeless population increases

Oahu island's homeless population increases Oahu island's homeless population increases

HONOLULU (AP) - A new report says Oahu's homeless population has grown during the past year, with a higher proportion of people living on the streets rather than staying in shelters.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a January survey by the Continuum of Care program showed that the number of homeless people on the island has increased by 34.7 percent since 2009.

The organization counted homeless people in shelters and then spent five days tallying those on the streets. It found that 60 percent of homeless people were in shelters, the lowest percentage since 2009.

An official with Waikiki Health said the number may be higher this year because the effort was more organized.

Homeless advocates say the rise could also be caused by a lack of affordable housing and cuts to mental health services.

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