Office of Homelessness Assistance and Poverty Prevention now under Adelup administrative supervision

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Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has signed Executive Order 2020-37, which moves the Office of Homelessness Assistance and Poverty Prevention (OHAPP) to the Office of the Governor for administrative supervision.

The order places OHAPP under the executive branch and under the administrative supervision of the Office of the Governor in close coordination with the Mayors’ Council of Guam.

According to Adelup, the creation of the office follows a request from the Mayors’ Council to elevate OHAPP’s responsiveness and provide additional support to fight homelessness on Guam.

The governor signed the executive order on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the administration continues to provide emergency shelter for Guam’s homeless.

As of October 21, 84 individuals reside at the Global Dorm in Maite, 33 of whom are minors. This includes sixteen (16) from the age 0-2; eight (8) from the age 3-5; four (4) from the age 6-10; three (3) from the age 11-13 and two (2) from the age 14-17.

COVID-19 testing was completed for all staff and residents of the facility. As reported during previous Interagency on Homelessness and Office of Homelessness Assistance and Poverty Prevention (OHAPP) meetings, there have been a total of 10 positives at the shelter to date (one staff and nine clients). Five of these confirmed cases of COVID-19 were minors.

To mitigate further spread of the virus, confirmed cases were transferred to the Government of Guam designated isolation facility. The Guam Fire Department was also mobilized to sanitize the facility, and there have been no additional positives reported.