Have you ever wondered how we get our local homeless statistics? How do outreach workers determine where individuals and families are living unsheltered? How do we keep track of someone who has no address? How are decisions made about which services to offer?
A nationwide Point-in-Time Count is a homeless census that takes place each year at the end of January to provide data to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office to better plan for the distribution of resources to help homeless people. It also provides information about whether homelessness is growing or abating in specific geographical areas. Service providers, outreach workers, and hundreds of volunteers cover a LOT of terrain over the course of five days, surveying anyone who appears to be homeless in an attempt to get an accurate picture of the state of homelessness in Hawaii and across the nation. The Point in Time Count helps our community learn more about where the homeless are congregating so that we can improve strategies for offering help.
YOU can be a part of this important event in several ways.
For more information on how you can get involved with IHS and the Point in Time Count, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-447-2810.