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Monday, April 25, 2011
Abercrombie announces Homeless Hotlines
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 7388 Views :: Energy, Environment

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES A FIRST CALL INITIATIVE TO HELP THE HOMELESS

News Release from www.hawaii.gov/gov

Honolulu – Reiterating his commitment to end homelessness in Hawai'i, Governor Neil Abercrombie and his Coordinator on Homelessness Marc Alexander today announced a new initiative for people who want to offer assistance to individuals who may be without shelter.

The state is partnering with organizations on four islands where concerned citizens can call-in or e-mail to notify a team to help a homeless individual or group.

“In Hawai'i, we have a natural inclination to want to help others, but when it comes to homelessness, sometimes people are unsure of how they can contribute,” Governor Abercrombie said. “With the generosity and support of these organizations, we enable people to help those in need.”

Alexander added, “We are grateful to these partners for their continued support and willingness to help in our common mission of ending homelessness.  These call-in numbers are just another step to continue fighting homelessness in our state.”

To help a person who is homeless or may need health and safety intervention, the public can call the following centers:

The four centers who are accepting reports from the public are: 

Persons wishing to help someone who may be suffering from homelessness must provide the following information. 

  • The location and time when the homeless individual is known to frequent the area
  • A detailed description of the individual or group
  • The caller’s contact information 

After a report is made, an outreach team will be assigned to visit the person.  Emails and calls can be placed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Emergency situations or illegal activity should be reported to the police.

Governor Abercrombie said, “Addressing homelessness, as with all of Hawai'i’s challenges, requires us to work together in new ways.  Our plan is to invest in the interventions, services, housing, and other efforts that will lead to long term solutions where we all take responsibility for our community.”

Alexander noted, “In the near future we will be sharing a 90-day plan to set a path for greater coordinated action to end homelessness.”

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KEY QUESTION:  What will these four organizations and the Abercrombie Administration do with the information they receive about homeless individuals and homeless camps?  Will they attempt to bring the homeless into shelters or will they focus on feeding the homeless in place and “enabling” them to stay on the streets?  This is the dividing line between a humane policy and a profitable non-profit money grubbing policy.

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