Number of minors in GovGuam homeless emergency shelter increases

The Global Dorm government of Guam homeless facility in Maite is now filled to capacity. (PNC file photo)

The number of minors in GovGuam’s emergency shelter for Guam’s homeless has increased.

As of December 3, 2020, 107 individuals reside at the Global Dorm in Maite, an increase from previous months, and of this number, there are 53 minors, the Interagency on Homelessness and Office of Homelessness Assistance and Poverty Prevention (OHAPP) reported.

This includes 22 from the age of 0-2; 11 from the age 3-5; 17 from the age of 6-10; two (2) from the age 11-13; and one (1) from the age of 14-17.

Additionally, the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) screened 25 Global Dorm clients and determined eight individuals were eligible for services.

“The increase in the number of minors residing in the shelter is of great concern, and we will continue to connect these families with the services they need. As OHAPP continues to identify gaps in care, we will try to mobilize our resources to fill in those gaps,” Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio, who chairs OHAPP, stated in a news release.

He added: “GBHWC was able to identify seven adults and one youth who are now receiving needed services. I thank them for their leadership and initiative in starting this screening.”

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, OHAPP received generous donations from the community for distribution to those in the shelter. Donors included the East Asia Taekwondo Federation of Guam, the Northern Guam Rotary Club of Guam, Micronesian Brokers Inc. (MBI), and Titiyas Palomos Store. Donations included face masks, sanitizing solutions, and drinks and snacks.

“Thanksgiving is the best opportunity to harvest the goodwill of Guam’s people and raise the spirits in those who need it the most. I am thankful that these groups stepped up to the plate, and I look forward to other organizations providing what they can for the homeless,” Tenorio said.

There have been no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the shelter and strict adherence to health and safety protocols remain in place at all times.