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Hawaii Gov. Ige extends emergency homelessness declaration

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Gov. David Ige has extended an emergency proclamation to deal with the Hawaii's homelessness crisis.

Thursday's extension gives the state and counties more flexibility in how they complete shelters, micro-housing and other projects they're tackling to address homelessness.

Ige declared a state of emergency over the homelessness crisis in October. It was set to expire the day after Christmas and now continues through Feb. 26.

The first emergency proclamation gave the state flexibility with contracts and zoning rules so officials could act quickly to address the crisis. The extension gives that freedom to counties.

Hawaii has the largest rate of homeless people per capita of any state in the nation.

State Coordinator on Homelessness Scott Morishige says thousands of people are homeless on any given night.

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