One-third of Hawaii homeless and evictions are kupuna (elderly)

That’s right, the elderly are overrepresented on the street. It’s easy to see when you walk around and observe. It’s not like there are teenage runaways who board busses to come here. I have heard rumors about people being sent to Hawaii by local governments who want to lessen their homeless populations–but I’ve never met anyone who came here like that. Most of the homeless are from here or they have been here for awhile and came here when things were better and they could afford the plane ticket. Few locals own their own housing. Property owners are usually foreign one percenters. Some of the elderly use drugs but not all of them. There’s a lot of mental illness too.

Do you have a human safety net, people who can catch you if you fall? I don’t. It worries me so much I don’t think about it.


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