Here’s How Homelessness in Hawaii Compares to the Rest of the Country
by Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square, Jan 29, 2022
Homelessness is on the rise in the United States. According to a study published by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the number of Americans experiencing homelessness has grown each year since 2015. As of January 2020, there were an estimated 580,466 Americans experiencing homelessness.
Though the exact effects the COVID-19 pandemic had on America's homelessness problem have yet to be determined, some early indications suggest little reason for optimism.
For reasons at least partly related to the pandemic, a portion of Americans - as high as 35% in some states - say they have missed their rent or mortgage payments or have low confidence that they can pay next month's, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey. Additionally, in some parts of the country, the pandemic interrupted access to temporary housing locations, and social distancing rules meant fewer beds in shelter facilities.
Nationwide, men are far more likely to experience homelessness than women, and rates of homelessness tend to be higher among historically marginalized racial groups, including Native Americans and Black Americans. Homelessness rates also vary considerably by state.
In Hawaii, an estimated 6,458 people are experiencing homelessness - or about 45.6 for every 10,000 people, the second highest homeless rate among states.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, many areas with a high cost of living, especially high housing costs, also have higher rates of homelessness. Similarly, areas with lower costs of living often have lower rates of homelessness. This pattern holds in Hawaii. Just as the homelessness rate in the state is higher than average, so too is the cost of living. The overall cost of living in Hawaii, which includes housing costs, is about 11.3% higher than the national average....
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