Since 2017, the number of homeless individuals has been on a steady rise. To determine how to best assist this part of the island community, the Guam Homeless Coalition will hold its annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count at the end of the month.
Held every year, the homeless count is a tool to assess the conditions of those less fortunate on Guam. Surveyors will be tasked with asking questions about disability status, past military service, and citizenship to provide specialized assistance to these homeless individuals.
In addition, data collected from the survey can help identify what services and legislation are needed to help this demographic.
According to Guam Homeless Coalition Chairperson Angelina-Marie Lape, canned goods and employment referral forms will be given by surveyors to the count’s participants. She also remarked on the rise of the number of homeless individuals on Guam.
“I think that as a community, we should always be concerned about homelessness on our island. As you drive down the street, you’ll see new faces. Just a regular person will see a face that they haven’t seen before. If there’s one homeless family out there, it’s a reason for concern,” Lape said.
This count is a requirement for federal funding supplied by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. If you would like to volunteer for the survey, please contact Christina Cruz at 989-0234. The point-in-time count will be held on Friday, January 31, and will start at the Salvation Army’s Tiyan Office at 4 a.m.