HOOSER: Dealing with the homeless on Kaua‘i
An acquaintance grabbed my ear recently saying, “Gary, how can we get rid of all these homeless people?” He went on to bemoan the presence of the poor and unwashed that seem to be sleeping under every bridge and in every doorway.
Start Free AccountGet access to 10 premium stories every month for FREE!
Already a Subscriber?Current print subscriber? Activate your complimentary Digital account.
Subscribe NowChoose a package that suits your preferences.
Good article Gary H. I also believe it is very important to engage the family of those who are near homelessness prior to being homeless. In so many cases those families want to help their family member but need extra help. The VA now gives money monthly to family members to assist the vulnerable Veteran. We need to support these families- perhaps help pay rent, help them maintain a workable vehicle for the near homeless person. Once a person becomes houseless it is so difficult to return to living in a house. Need to really look at preventing homelessness as part of the solution.
Also really like the idea that Maui County has recently started- dedicating a park area for a safe place for a houseless person to park their vehicle in a safe place from 10 pm to 7 am- so they can get a good night sleep and able to work.
In 2022 the count conducted by the Kauai Housing Agency came to 444 houseless living on Kauai. At 300 sq ft per person, the size of the average hotel room, that’s less total space than the size of the Lihue Costco. Or eight smaller structures built in locations all over the island housing about 55 houseless per structure. It’s not impossible, if there were a will to house the houseless, there is a way.
“Ensuring access to affordable homes is the answer. Construct new, permanently affordable units, and prioritize access to new and existing units for long-term local residents earning local wages.”
Discriminate against “non-locals”?
Brilliant as usual. Hooser in his progressive delirium continues to look at government as the solution, the savior…to a problem CAUSED by government. Poorly conceived land-use, environmental and zoning laws, obstructionist bureaucrats and politicians are the essence of the housing crisis. No matter though, you’ll never hear a bureaucrat, politician or progressive pipe dreamer like Hooser admit that government is the problem and NOT the solution.
Ten years from now we’ll be hearing the same lame whining.
Kauai, because of its gentle climate, is an ideal place to either build tiny houses or purchase and install kit tiny houses. To blame the houseless for their predicament is both useless and mean-spirited. I does nothing to ameliorate the situation.
Gary how about
With the huge surplus that the County revenues generated in 2022 from the TVR and 2nd home massive tax hikes, the county can solve the housing problem by doing what they said they would do with the taxes they claimed they needed to solve housing.
The County has significantly expanded over the last 10 years with pay raises for everyone last year. The increased traffic from Kapaa to Poipu over the same period has brought traffice during peak periods to a stand still.
Kauai its time to stop blaming everyone else for the housing problem and require the Mayor and the Council to do their jobs, do what they said they would do and create affordable houseing with the windful of money created by taxing TVR and 2nd homes.
It’s about time someone steps up, thank you Gary Hooser for your continous support of Our people!!… I don’t know if your familiar with KHAO on MAUi… Our people is iN dire Need of A Facility Like that one, if you aren’t familiar can you see it iN ýour heart tO set up A visit tO MAUi~ ANd Seè the Beautiful SheLter they have Built for the people oF MAUI. ANd visitors ALike…. it’s such heartfelt place.. tO where they gear you intO self sufficiency, A Large gated community… everyone talks about doing things for our houseless people on KAUAI but I haven’t seen anything yet! I been bringing this facility up for years!!!!!…. why not build A FACILITY LIKE KHAO that’s on MAUI, here ON KAUAI… please don’t tell me KAUAI doesn’t have the Finances… didn’t they just spend something Like 43MILLION resurfacing poipu?? MAHÀLO FOR ALL YOU GARY HOOSER….
I like facts in order to reach opinions on serious issues. Your statement, “only 3 percent of people experiencing homelessness on Kaua‘i are newcomers. The vast majority are long-term or lifelong residents, and Native Hawaiians are overrepresented.” is so vague, that is totally lacks any credibility. What is a newcomer? What are long-term residents and what does it mean that Native Hawaiians are overrepresented? How do you define Native Hawaiian? Look, the real fact is that Kauai is a very desirable place to live, much like Tokyo, New York City, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, etc, etc, and not everyone who wants to live in desirable locations can afford to do so. Should taxpayers foot the bill so that everyone who wants to live on Kauai has housing? This is a private sector matter controlled by the laws of supply and demand. You can’t solve unsolvable problems by taxing the rest of us.