In Hawaii we should never turn our backs on anyone or leave anyone behind.
That means those struggling with addiction or mental illness should have access to treatment and recovery.
It also means that when people are in real need, whether from unemployment, eviction, or homelessness, they should have access to support to help get them back on their feet.
No one should go chronically hungry or homeless in our islands.
Building more kauhale communities for the homeless like those we have built over the last two years will continue to reduce harm, lower the burden on our healthcare system, and save taxpayer money.
Creating more facilities and programs like the H4 will expand access to care for trauma, addiction, and mental illness for the homeless.
We will also work to implement clear and effective protocols that police, social workers, and healthcare professionals can follow every time someone lands on the street, allowing us to intervene more quickly with help and solutions when someone becomes homeless.