Homelessness : The Problem Of Homelessness

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Homelessness in Hawai’i

Homelessness has been a problem in Hawaii, and especially Oahu, for more than two decades. The homeless have overrun the islands but it is no surprise as the circum- stances allow for it. Multiple factors contribute to the ongoing dilemma including the high cost of living, Hawaii being an island state, and the expensive housing. The prob- lems that cause homelessness are not going to go away by themselves. Although the problem is not increasing, the numbers show that it isn’t decreasing and shouldn’t be unless the state and community acts.

Land in Hawaii cost five times more than it does for the rest of the nation. Rent- ing in Hawaii isn’t cheap either. Rent in Hawaii is two-hundred percent higher than it is for the rest of the nation. Not only is rent expensive, finding a house to own is also dif- ficult because forty-two percent of the houses in Hawaii are being rented out, the fourth highest in America. Hawaii having the highest cost of living in the states along with the most expensive rent in the nation is a recipe for disaster, especially when you consider the fact that Hawaii has the ninth highest poverty rate and in the United States. Hawaii has been considered, “the worst state to make a living” and it’s no surprise when pre- sented with the numbers. All of this adds up to Hawaii being the state with the highest homeless rate. Homeless flock to Hawaii for the friendly year long weather and accom-

modating beaches. Places like Waikiki…
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