Encampment Response

The State framework to address homelessness, includes the connection between land management responses to address public safety and social services responses to connect homeless individuals to shelter, housing, and other supports.  To support this balanced approach to encampments, the State has established Homeless Coordinator positions within the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).  The HDOT and DLNR coordinators work together with the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, the four counties, law enforcement, land management agencies (e.g. DAGS, DHHL, DOE, etc.) and homeless outreach providers to refer individuals encountered on public lands.

If you observe an individual in an encampment and would like to notify the appropriate government agency or have an outreach provider follow up, please contact the Homeless Help Line at 808-586-0193 or e-mail [email protected].    You may also view the Homeless Outreach page for more information.

For more information regarding how the State responds to encampments on public lands, please view the above videos or view the example below of State response to encampments on a closed portion of the Diamond Head State Monument:

As mentioned above, the response to encampments on public land is a critical component of the State’s management of public lands.   For more information, please view the presentation below that was shared with the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR), as well as a 2020 virtual panel on coordinated efforts to address homelessness on State lands:

For individuals who may have had property stored from an encampment on State lands, please call 1-808-989-3057 for information regarding how to retrieve your items.   Items are typically kept for up to 30 days following when the items were stored.   You will need to have the storage notice with you, as well as provide the retrieval code provided on the notice.