Hawaii’s governor just signed a decree that declares a state of emergency for people who are homeless in his state.
Gov. David Ige signed the decree just days after the state broke up a large homeless encampment. From Al-Jazeera:
Hawaii saw a 23 percent increase in its unsheltered homeless population from 2014 to 2015 and a 46 percent increase in the number of unsheltered families, said Scott Morishige, the state’s homelessness coordinator.
There were 7,260 homeless people in Hawaii at the latest count, meaning Hawaii has the highest rate of homelessness per capita of any state in the nation.
May this move Hawaii to act fearlessly to get their residents housed.