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2018 Point in Time Count February 1, 2018

2018 Point in Time Count February 1, 2018

On Monday, January 22, 2018 the Point-in-Time Count took place on the island of Oʻahu. The Point-in-Time Count is a nation wide count of sheltered and unsheltered houseless persons on a single night in January. The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that care providers conduct an annual count of houseless individuals who are living outdoors, in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and safe houses on a single night.

The week prior to conducting the count, participants attended a 1.5-hour training provided by Kalihi-Palama Health Center. The training covered safety survey questions, ways to approach houseless people, and safety guidelines while conducting surveys. The survey asked individuals and families where they would be staying for the night, how long they have been houseless, their ability to work or earn an income, and any disabilities they may be living with.

Throughout the rest of the week follow-up surveys were conducted to gather more information. Over 600 surveys were completed in Region 1 alone. The purpose of these surveys is to collect data regarding the locations, needs, and disadvantages facing people who are unsheltered and provide them with more effective services and programs.

The collaboration of the following collected this data:

Catholic Charities Hawaiʻi
City and County of Honolulu
The CHOW Project
HCHP’s Housing and Housing First Teams
Kalihi-Palama Health Center
Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi
Life Foundation
Mental Health Kokua
Partners In Development Foundation
Private Citizens
State Department of Health
State of Hawaiʻi Governor’s Office
Steadfast Housing Development Corporation
United Health Care

The impact we make in our communities is portrayed through the work of these organizations and volunteers. We, at Partners in Development Foundation, realize that we are not able to do this on our own and we must kōkua to help those in need. The Point-in-Time Count put into perspective that although we have served our communities for the last 20 years, there is much to do to help those in need.

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