HONOLULU — A report by city Auditor Edwin Young criticized Honolulu’s initiatives to combat homelessness, saying Mayor Kirk Caldwell and his administration are lacking benchmarks and mismanaging programs aimed at sheltering people.
The 75-page audit submitted to the City Council on Tuesday also pointed to “a disconnect between the homelessness priority for city leaders and the resources allocated” to the Department of Community Services, which oversees housing programs, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported (http://bit.ly/2xLXjux ).
The audit praised the city’s investment of more than $7.5 million in general fund dollars to support three programs, but questioned whether that can continue using general funds.
Councilman Ernie Martin said he was disappointed by the findings of the report because the administration and council have made homelessness a priority. Martin said that he is bothered by the lack of coordination between the city and state.
The administration submitted five pages in response to the draft report but focused on the positive in comments.
City Managing Director Roy Amemiya said the administration is pleased that Young’s office recognized the progress made under Caldwell’s leadership.
“Given the limited staff available, we are proud of the many accomplishments,” Amemiya said. “Mostly, however, we are grateful that hundreds of formerly homeless individuals are no longer living in public spaces and receiving the support services they need.”
Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com