Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Colin Kippen’s last words as homeless czar underline depth of state’s neglect
The reality of this position is that (it gets) no budget, no money — you’re told to just come in and end homelessness. There’s so much more to be done. We’re in the middle of a full-blown crisis, especially on Oahu. — Colin Kippen, outgoing state homeless coordinator, quoted in Civil Beat article
by Larry Geller
The pull-quote above speaks for itself.
That’s never prevented me from adding some words of my own.
Colin Kippen did wonders with his zero-budget allowance. He can get a recommendation from me, if he wants it, for his next job application.
It’s clear, though, that his budget is pretty much equal to what the state has invested so far in solving its compound crisis, which consists, at least, of:
- A lack of interest in creating affordable housing, resulting in a gap of tens of thousands of units between supply and demand
- A lack of compassion or even basic humanity towards the need of every citizen for food, shelter and employment
- Failure to create a minimum wage law that approaches what would be a living wage, so that people could pay their rent
- Failure to enact rent controls or stabilization or even to discuss it
- Doing everything, it seems, except what would work (e.g., Housing First)
I should add:
- Failure to give its homeless coordinator even one cent with which to do his job.
This is so sick. We in Honolulu are seemingly locked in the clutches of a preponderance of inept sociopathic elected officials and their hired or appointed minions of power. The creative class is leaving the state in droves and the rest of what's left of the middle class are struggling to stay afloat. "Lucky you live Hawaii" no longer rings true for many.