By AUDREY McAVOYAssociated Press
HONOLULU (AP) - A new study underscoring the seriousness of the Hawaii's problem says Honolulu has the largest number of homeless of any small U.S. city.
A U.S. Housing and Urban Development report released Thursday said there were more than 4,900 homeless in Honolulu. The number represents those counted on one night in January.
Coming in second for small cities was the Santa Ana and Anaheim area of Orange County, California. The study defines a small city as one not among the 50 largest U.S. cities and not in a rural area.
New York City had the largest homeless population of any U.S. city.
Institute for Human Services spokesman Kimo Carvalho says the figures show the severity of the homeless situation in Honolulu. His agency is the largest provider of services to homeless in Hawaii.
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