State briefs for June 25

Federal census of homeless rescheduled

HONOLULU — The federal census of Hawaii’s homeless residents is delayed until late September because of the coronavirus pandemic, an official said.

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U.S. Census Bureau spokeswoman Jeanette Duran says the count of the state’s homeless population was moved to Sept. 22-24.

The count was previously scheduled for March 30-April 1 but was postponed because of state health restrictions.

The census conducted every 10 years has the potential to affect Hawaii’s share of $800 billion in federal spending during the next 10 years.

The government continues to recruit workers to count homeless people throughout the islands in encampments, shelters and “laundromats and soup kitchens,” Duran said.

Census takers will have personal protective equipment and follow social distancing guidelines to help produce an accurate count of homeless residents, Duran said.

The federal government’s census is expected to represent “simply a snapshot of the (homeless) population,” Duran said.

In the last nationwide homeless census in 2010, Hawaii led the nation with the largest percentage of homeless people younger than the age of 18 at 37%, Duran said.

In this year’s Point in Time Count, an annual head count of homeless residents, workers counted 4,448 homeless people on Oahu in January. The homeless population on neighboring islands was 2,010.

Marianists name members they say abused children

ST. LOUIS — The Marianists religious order on Wednesday released the names of 46 living and dead religious leaders who they claim sexually abused minors, the latest of several Catholic organizations to complete an investigation and publicly name the accused.

The leader of the St. Louis-based order, Oscar Vasquez, wrote in a letter posted on the Marianists’ website that investigators looked at files of 2,500 U.S. priests and brothers dating to 1950. Of the 46 names released, 32 are deceased.

All 14 of the living Marianists determined to have committed abuse are on a “safety plan” and were permanently removed from the ministry, Vasquez said.

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A safety plan details restrictions each member who abused a minor must abide by to remain a member of the Province.

The order, founded in 1817, operates 18 secondary schools and three universities — the University of Dayton in Ohio, Chaminade University in Honolulu and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

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