Once a year, communities
around the country count the number of homeless in their midst.
It’s called the
Service providers and
volunteers will take to the streets around the islands tonight to document the level of
The survey helps form a
snapshot of Hawaii’s
homeless population, and is used for everything from determining government
grants to planning future outreach operations.
One group expected to
increase this year is unaccompanied homeless youth. Last year only eight were
reported. Connie Mitchell, Executive Director of the Institute for Human
Services, believes we need to focus more effort on locating homeless youth…a
group previously undercounted.
The Count continues through
Tuesday, January 29th and is still looking for help from the
community. If you are interested in volunteering on Oahu, please call Kanui at
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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)