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New Study Hopes to Uncover Portals to Homelessness

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

A new study is trying to find the missing puzzle piece in the effort to curb homelessness in Hawai‘i.

The Aloha United Wayand the Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice are using part of a $5 million state grant to study entry points to homelessness.  Research will focus on understanding how people slip through incarceration, hospital emergency rooms and the foster care system using different research methods, data collection, and focus groups.

Norm Baker is the Chief Operating Officer of Aloha United Way. He says that new information will most likely impact the results of its study. 

An update of the study’s findings is expected in November and the final results are due in February. 

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both Southern California and Honolulu. In college he started DJing around Honolulu, playing Jazz and Bossa Nova sets at various lounges and clubs under the name dj mr.nick. He started to incorporate Downtempo, House and Breaks into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy while steering free of mainstream clichés.
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