You might have seen the story recently about how the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center has been adversely affected by the Waterfront Park closing recently. People are discouraged by the signs and the usual blight in the area. So while we talk about homeless victims, understand that this problem stretches far beyond the tents, camps and people most severely impacted. It's also your friends, neighbors and keiki who fear treading in certain areas. It's the horrible smell of human waste downtown in far too many nooks, crannies, parking lots, and park areas. It's the lack of lighting in areas that need it due to ransacked electrical conduits.
Yes, homelessness is an ailment that transcends the obvious people with so many different reasons for being on the streets full-time. It also adversely affects people who live in homes, yet use the streets, parks, public restrooms, shopping areas, and other places frequented by those who call these places home, albeit temporarily until they get forced to move a block or two.