Work groups for each zip code will be led by ‘team captains’


In recent years, after the recession hit advocates say those unemployed on the mainland heard Hawaii’s job market was better, moved here, but couldn’t make it.

Read more: they say, smaller, cheaper hotels, hostels have all but evaporated — subtracting an option for temporary housing.

“I think there’s a sense of urgency, because the visibility has really increased,” said Connie Mitchell, executive director of the Institute of Human Services.

According to the Department of Human Services, there are a total of 4,556 homeless people on Oahu streets.

3091 were sheltered in homeless emergency or transitional shelters and 1,465 were unsheltered — with beds still available for about a third of that.

“I was a dealer, constantly doing it ice and it’s not a good sight on this island,” said Tracy Correia, who said she has been clean and sober for several years now.

She says drug addiction is a common reason for rejecting shelters, but said it was a blessing in her journey toward recovery.

Mitchell said their focus is shifting.

“We don’t want to make more shelters. We want to get them into permanent homes,” she said.

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