Monday, September 14, 2015


Tune in to HPR-2 at 8 a.m. to learn how Housing First can reduce homelessness in Hawaii

by Larry Geller

Tired of being kept in the dark by our media and government officials on how our homeless crisis might be resolved? Tired of the city spending taxpayer money on “solutions” for homelessness that just don’t work?

Tune in to Hawaii Public Radio HPR-2 this morning at 8 a.m. for the beginning of a dialogue on homelessness that could point us in the right direction. The “crisis” has been building for over a decade and will not be easy to reverse, but there are proven methods that have worked elsewhere. Why not apply them here?

Housing First is part of a solution that also requires that we build truly affordable housing in Hawaii—where the program has been implemented, homelessness has plummeted. Yet our daily paper won’t even print the phrase.

Starting after the 8:30 news, Beth-Ann will be speaking with Dr. Sam Tsemberis, founder of Pathways to Housing. It’s important to understand what Housing First is and how it achieves success in order to understand what the program can do for Hawaii. It’s the evidence-based solution that has been applied so successfully in many other cities—and the one our local media won’t even talk about.

Be sure to tune in.


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