The Governor of Hawaii has declared a state of emergency to deal with the homelessness crisis and the state is building a homeless shelter for families. Between 2014 and 2015 there was a 23% increase in the unsheltered homeless population and a 46% increase in the number of unsheltered families.
The state has also established a Housing First program - providing homes and services to chronically homeless individuals without requiring them to get sober or treat mental illness first. Hawaii is the 50th state in the United States - joining the USA in 1959. It has a population of 1.4 million and its main industry is tourism. USA President Baravk Obama was born in Hawaii.
A new homeless shelter is currently under construction in Honolulu - converted shipping containers. Each shipping container has a window and a screen door for ventilation. the containers are insulated and the roofs have white reflective coating.