Lawmakers have an idea for keeping homeless in shelters: Pay them to stay
Hawaii has the nation's highest rate of homeless per capita — and more than half of the homeless live on the streets. To try to address that problem, legislators have a unique solution: Paying the homeless to live in shelters. House Bill 2649 moved forward Friday with amendments after committee review. If passed, chronically homeless individuals in the 96817 area (roughly, Urban Honolulu) would be paid a $12 stipend for every night they stay in a homeless shelter.