Coalition to hold telethon to raise funds for the homeless

Acting Governor Josh Tenorio. (PNC file photo)

The Guam Homeless Coalition will be holding a telethon next week to raise money for a good cause.

The coalition will hold the Give Hope Telethon on June 24th, next Thursday. It will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and can be viewed on the Guam Homeless Coalition’s Facebook page as well as on its new website

The goal of the telethon is to raise $15,000 dollars.

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Although the telethon is on the 24th, the Homeless Coalition began to accept donations on June 11th and will continue to accept them through June 27th.

“The Guam Homeless Coalition is an organization…it is a non-profit organization that has as members other non-profit organizations and government agencies that are focused on the work of preventing homeless, but also helping people get out of homelessness. So it’s a good organization…very effective…it is led by folks in the non-profit world…and of course with the government’s help, it is one of the best public-private partnerships, I would say,” Lt. Gov. Tenorio said.

He then broke down the most recent homeless statistics for Newstalk K57’s Pauly Suba.

The figures came from the 2020 Point In Time Count which was conducted by the Guam Homeless Coalition in partnership with the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority.

“And so our Point In Time count showed that there were 271 households with 791 people that are considered homeless, both sheltered and unsheltered. And those included households with children. That includes 92 households with children,” the lieutenant governor said.

Tenorio added that although progress has been made on the issue, there’s still a lot more that needs to be done.

“I think there’s a lot of work to do. Really, as much work as has been done, we’re really in the first steps of stabilizing a lot of people. Your help, or your volunteerism, in any of the organizations, that are providing services to the less fortunate, Guma’ Mami, all of them…Westcare…these are all partners that, although they may have people might think they’re targeted to specific groups, these are all high-risk groups throughout,” Tenorio said.