Hawaii has highest homeless per capita rate in nation
HONOLULU - Hawaii has the highest homeless rate per capita in the nation, according to federal statistics.
The Associated Press reports the state has 487 homeless per 100,000 people. The number has risen since 2010, even as national rates have fallen. Officials say the increase is due to rising costs in the islands, low wages, and limited land.
The state coordinator on homelessness says the population of unsheltered families ballooned 46 percent from 2014 to 2015. Scott Morishige says changes in public housing policy and mental health services contributed to the rise.