Report: Homelessness drops on Kauai, state

HONOLULU — Kauai saw a 7 percent decline in its homeless population compared to the same period last year, according to the annual Point in Time count released Wednesday.

The Garden Isle count reported 412 homeless persons in 2017 compared to 442 last year. The 2017 figure accounts for 297 unsheltered homeless persons and 115 sheltered.

“As we’ve identified partners, we’ve provided grant funds to produce more affordable housing and homeless shelters,” said Gov. David Ige. “All of the city, state and federal partners working together have made a tremendous difference.”

Ige announced today the homeless population across the state decreased for the first time in eight years.

The annual Point in Time count — a census of people experiencing homelessness — showed a 9 percent decrease in the number of homeless individuals across the state.

This year’s count found 7,220 homeless individuals across Hawaii compared to 7,921 in 2016.

Hawaii County saw a 32 percent decline in homeless individuals and Maui County saw a 22 percent decrease compared to 2016. Oahu saw a half percent increase in homeless individuals.

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