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Oahu program to help homeless sees 97 percent success rate

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HONOLULU (AP) - A newly released study shows that the state's Housing First program worked for an overwhelming majority of homeless people who participated in the Oahu project.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the program aims to move chronically homeless people directly into homes from streets and shelters without preconditions. The University of Hawaii report released Wednesday says the program worked for 97 percent of participants last year.

The study shows five out of 166 homeless people didn't make it through the program. Two people who were placed into rental units were later incarcerated, two were "noncompliant with landlords" and the other left voluntarily.

UH professor Jack Barile says the statistics attest to the effectiveness of the program's philosophy of housing individuals without requiring them to be sober or attend treatment programs.

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