Report: Many homeless recently moved to Hawaii

Published: Nov. 20, 2014 at 1:48 PM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - A University of Hawaii report says about 6 percent of the state's homeless population moved to the islands in the last 12 months.

According to the report, about 16 percent became Hawaii residents within the last five years.

Hawaii's homelessness problem is considered one of the worst in the nation.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports some homeless advocates say Hawaii is a desirable place because of its warm weather, beaches, easy access to assistance and universal health coverage.

The Institute for Human Services is helping homeless people find their way back to the mainland.

The report is will be released Friday but lead author Sarah Yuan gave a sneak preview at a meeting of the Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness.

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