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Pahoa community working on solutions for homeless problem

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Big Island community is working to figure out solutions for getting the area's homeless population off the streets.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that a group of business leaders, law enforcement and homeless people in Pahoa came together for a community breakfast on Wednesday aimed at discussing ways to deal with homelessness.

Statistics from the Homeless Point in Time Count earlier this year show that the number of homeless people on the Big Island is at least 1,300, up from 557 in 2013.

Across the state, there's an estimated 15,000 people without shelter.

Sarah Williams, who organized the breakfast, says she hopes Pahoa can serve as "a model for the rest of the nation" on how to deal with the problem.

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