State official says homelessness increase could be worse than after Great Recession

  • MORISHIGE

  • SAN BUENAVENTURA

  • MENINO

  • A handwritten sign propped on a homeless encampment asks for donations of Pine-Sol and bleach in Hilo on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.

The state’s point man on homeless issues told lawmakers Wednesday he expects the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic to result in a gradual increase in homelessness statewide over the next few years.