To date, we have knocked on close to 1,700 doors and chatted with hundreds of our neighbors. In all of our conversations, there seem to be a couple key issues that keep coming up.
When I've asked "what keeps you up at night," the top answer was Affordable Housing. Many folks are concerned with Hawaii's rising cost of living and what we can do to keep our housing & rental prices affordable. Click here to read more.
A lot of folks are also concerned with the homeless communities / drug usage right by Ka'ahumanu Elementary School. I've reached out to HHHRC, IHS, and the City & County Department of Housing & Homelessness to help this community, and unfortunately there's not too much that can be done quickly. Last Saturday, a small group of us met with this community to learn more about their stories, struggles, and challenges.
Many of them recently lost housing (within the last 6 months) due to unforeseen circumstances, and unfortunately our state is set-up where one must be "chronically homeless" (12-months or more) before they qualify for a housing program. We definitely need to revisit this "chronically homeless" policy, as we should be helping those who just lost housing back into housing as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we will continue working with this community to keep the sidewalk clean & drug free.