200 volunteers surveyed the homeless in Waikiki, Waianae, and urban Honolulu to create a new homeless registry.
Darryl Vincent with Partners in Care said, "In Hawaii where there's a rich 'Ohana of taking care of each other, there's no need of someone to be sleeping on the street and to die on the street."
Kent Anderson with Partners in Care says homelessness costs a lot of money. "Roughly $2000 per visit with ambulance, roughly $1600 per year, that's $3.2 million that we are spending and most of that could be eliminated, or reduced just by having these people housed."
Organizers believe if people in need have a roof over their heads, it will cut down the amount of emergency calls.
Anderson says, "It helps stabilize people to be more proactive with their health, and it helps stabilize them so they don't have as much acute medical needs."
Volunteers surveyed about 440 people in need, and found out that about 160 are considered vulnerable. Being vulnerable means the homeless have a serious medical illness, a serious mental health illness, or have been homeless for a long period of time. The challenge now is finding housing.
Organizers say the answer is to get landlords on board.
Colin Kippen, state coordinator on homelessness, says "Part of the issue is there may not be a strong connection between those who have places to rent, and those who want to rent them."
Activists are now creating a plan to bring together landlords and people in need of housing.
The homeless registry is part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign. It is a national movement to find housing for 100,000 vulnerable homeless by July 2014.