Advocates say Legislature could do more to help homeless

Advocates say Legislature could do more to help homeless


Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Advocates for homeless families say more work needs to be done to help Hawaii's growing homeless population and to build affordable housing. That's despite some hopeful signs in the 2015 Legislative session.

Lawmakers approved funding for affordable housing development, which could add about 780 new affordable housing units. But the state needs more than 27,000 new affordable housing units over the next five years.

Hawaii's Housing First program got money to continue services on Oahu for one year. But the funding isn't enough to expand the program to outer islands.

Scott Morishige advocates for homeless people and says there needs to be greater commitment to making a real investment.

One bright spot was a bill that allows homeless people to more easily replace ID cards lost in raids or moves.

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