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UH center releases report on Hawaii's homeless

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The University of Hawaii's Center on the Family along with the Homeless Programs Branch of the State Public Housing Authority recently released a new report on Hawaii's homeless.

They surveyed 28 agencies that provide homeless services from 2005 until this year.

The report says during the 2007 fiscal year, more than 6,700 were served by shelter and outreach programs.

Two fifths of the adults who used shelters are lifelong residents of Hawaii and half of the ones who sought outreach services are lifetime residents.

During the three year period, shelters served 22 percent more people and 67 percent more clients used outreach services.

About a quarter of shelter users stayed for less than a month, half within three months and only 6 percent remained 18 months or longer.

From 2005 to 2007, only 27% of those who used emergency shelters went on to stay in longer-term transitional shelters. 

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