Does Honolulu Have a Homeless Crisis?

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now have joined forces to bring attention to the pressing issue of homelessness in the city. The only positive news in the homeless statistics is that the number of homeless people has decreased on other islands. The three main causes of death among Oahu's homeless population are substance abuse, suicide, and homicide. Oahu is the most populated island in Hawaii, where the state capital and the Central Marine Corps Base are located.

It also has the highest rate of homelessness per capita, with 49 homeless people per 10,000 residents. Unfortunately, homelessness is especially common in Hawaii due to the state's high cost of living, people fleeing from other states, drug use, and more. According to an analysis by U., nearly half of all homeless adults in Hawaii are 45 years of age or older. This struggle affects every aspect of their lives and those of their children, often leading to homelessness. Recently, the Bernice Pauahi Episcopal Museum in Honolulu declared an end to the sale of all single-use plastics on its campus. The age of death for homeless people in Hawaii is lower than the national average, meaning that a large number of homeless people in Hawaii die at a younger age.

Oahu will have the strictest single-use plastic ban in the state, according to a bill recently passed by the Honolulu City Council. Honolulu Airport is one of 20 airports in the country where the United States government has implemented coronavirus screening for passengers. With a rate of 44.9 homeless people per 10,000 people, Hawaii now has the second highest rate of homelessness per capita. A variety of factors will contribute to reducing evictions and homelessness in the coming years, such as inflation, economic conditions, and government measures to address affordable housing and other factors that contribute to homelessness. In 1879, a British clipper ship called SS Ravenscrag arrived in Honolulu from Madeira (Portugal).

Honolulu has been named as one of the three most expensive cities in the United States to buy a home, behind San Francisco and Boston. Hawaii has some successful collaborative initiatives that have made a small but promising impact on its homeless population.