Number of homeless on Guam rises

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The preliminary results of Guam’s point-in-time homeless count have been released showing an increase in the number of homeless on Guam.

On Friday, January 25, 2019, Guam took part in the Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count, an unduplicated count on a single day of homeless individuals and families in sheltered and unsheltered locations.

The total number of homeless individuals was 875 compared to 854 in 2018.

The PIT Count is an annual project of the Guam Homeless Coalition and is mandated by the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development.

Data from the count will help inform how federal funds and other resources are allocated in the upcoming year. The information from the PIT Count also improves understanding of the needs and circumstances of people affected by homelessness on Guam.

This year, the Guam Department of Education served as the lead agency in coordinating the PIT Count. More than 250 volunteers participated, which included both government and non-government agencies.

Volunteers surveyed individuals in emergency shelters as well individuals in unsheltered locations such as beaches, parks and other public places.