Hawaii Declares State of Emergency

Hawaii’s governor David Ige declared a state of emergency for the homelessness crisis, in the hopes of speeding up the construction of a homeless shelter for families. The declaration comes just days after the state cleared out one of the U.S.’s largest homeless encampments. The unsheltered homeless population has spiked 23 percent in the state between 2014 and 2015. The state now has the highest rate of homelessness per-capita in the country.