Posted on | November 24, 2010 | Comments Off
Mānoa’s Center on the Family and the state’s Homeless Programs Office released the Homeless Service Utilization Report: Hawaiʻi 2010. Authored by Assistant Specialist Sarah Yuan, Heather Trundle and Professor Grace Fong, the report provides state- and county-level data about the demographic characteristics of individuals and households who accessed homeless support services during the 2010 fiscal year, based on agency-entered data in the Homeless Management and Information System.
“We developed the report to provide easy access to important statistics on the homeless, especially for those who need the data to improve policies, programs, and services for the homeless,” says Yuan, the lead author of the 2010 report.
“The use of the HMIS data will help us to make better decisions and take appropriate actions to reduce homelessness in Hawaiʻi,” says Sandra Miyoshi, administrator of the Homeless Programs Office. “Despite the gains we’ve made in the past few years, there is a continuing need to move homeless people into permanent housing.”
The report includes information from both the Shelter Stipend Program (i.e., emergency and transitional shelter services) and Outreach Program (i.e., services to those living in a car, park, or beach). Further, it provides new information on children who experienced homelessness with their families, as well as trends of homeless service utilization for the state and counties from 2005-10.
Some highlights of the report
• A total of 13,886 people experienced homelessness and received shelter and/or outreach services in the state in FY 2010, representing an increase of 3 percent from a year ago.
• At the county level, the City and County of Honolulu showed an increase in homeless service utilization. The numbers of shelter service clients increased 4 percent from 2009–10 and the outreach number increased 2 percent for the same period.
• Hawaiʻi County saw the largest increases in outreach service utilization (15 percent) but recorded a drop (12 percent) in shelter service utilization from 2009–10.
• In Maui and Kauaʻi Counties, the number of clients served declined in both the Shelter Program and the Outreach Program from 2009–10.
• About 3,000 (2,929) children experienced homelessness with their families and received shelter and/or outreach services at some point in FY 2010.
• Children from birth to 5 years of age comprised more than half (56 percent) of minors who received homeless support services in the state.
• About 9 percent of children ages 6 to 17 who experienced homelessness did not attend school.
• Based on parental reports, 25 percent of the children who experienced homelessness had one or more physical, mental, behavioral or developmental issues that caused their parents concern.