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Hawaii mulls work-for-a-day program to help homeless people

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii is looking for solutions to its homelessness crisis, and lawmakers are considering a program to help connect homeless people with day jobs.

They're modeling the three-year program after a similar approach in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Tucson, Arizona.

The bill passed by the state Senate Tuesday also would provide workers with a lunch and a ride back to a shelter at the end of the work day.

Hawaii has the highest rate of homelessness per capita in the nation. The program would begin on the island of Oahu, where most of Hawaii's homeless people live.

Many homeless people don't have internet access or cars, and The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii says the bill could help surmount those barriers.

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