A total of 72 homeless people are being sheltered at a GovGuam facility and officials are trying to increase their capacity to help the island’s homeless population.
Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio gave an update during an Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Office of Homelessness and Poverty Prevention meeting today.
Out of those 72 homeless individuals staying at the Global Dorm in Maite, 15 of them are children. The lieutenant governor said that there is a pending list of mostly single men who are waiting to be sheltered.
During the meeting, Public Health Deputy Director Terry Aguon said that helping the island’s homeless population would require focusing on programs that help the elderly and children, especially because there are a significant number of homeless children on the island.
“You know today, the Department of Public Health and Social Services is at a greater demand for delivering islandwide services and it’s very comprehensive. The best way to address homelessness is to address the Division of Senior Citizens program because we have a lot of aging homeless people. And of course, the Division of Public Welfare because this is where people look towards people and medical care,” Aguon said.
Representatives from Child Protective Services also discussed the pressing need for more social workers to address issues of child neglect and abuse on the island.