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Point-in-Time Count Recap



On January 23, 2024, Hawaiʻi Health & Harm Reduction Center (HHHRC) embarked on a crucial mission as part of the National Point-in-Time Count (PITC), a nationwide effort to assess and understand houselessness in our communities. With dedication and compassion, our team of staff and volunteers ventured into our assigned regions, determined to survey our houseless individuals and families.  

  

The PITC holds immense significance as it provides a snapshot of houselessness, offering invaluable insights that guide policymaking, resource allocation, and interventions. By participating in this initiative, HHHRC reaffirmed its commitment to serving the most vulnerable among us and advocating for solutions to address houselessness effectively.  

  

Throughout the day, our team engaged with individuals from diverse backgrounds, listening to their stories and understanding their unique challenges. From makeshift shelters under bridges to hidden encampments in urban areas, we navigated through the complexities of houselessness, striving to ensure every voice was heard and every person counted.  

  

The data collected during the PITC is not merely statistics; it represents the lived experiences of our fellow community members. This information is shared with Partners in Care 501(c)(3) (PIC), an organization dedicated to analyzing and interpreting the data to gain a comprehensive understanding of houselessness trends, demographics, and service needs.   

  

By collaborating with PIC, we contribute to a collective effort to address houselessness effectively. The insights gleaned from the PITC enable HHHRC and other service providers to tailor our programs and services to better meet the needs of the houseless population, from providing essential healthcare services to offering harm reduction support and housing assistance.  

  

One of the most significant aspects of the PITC is its ability to shed light on the demographics of homelessness. By understanding age ranges, family compositions, and other pertinent factors, we gain a deeper understanding of the diverse experiences within the houseless community. This knowledge is instrumental in designing targeted interventions and advocating for policies that prioritize the most vulnerable populations.  

  

As we reflect on our participation in the National PITC, we are reminded of the resilience and strength exhibited by our houseless neighbors. Despite facing immense challenges, they demonstrate unwavering courage and determination every day. It is our collective responsibility to stand in solidarity with them, working tirelessly to create a future where homelessness is a thing of the past.  

  

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our staff, volunteers, and partners who made this endeavor possible. Your dedication and compassion make a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve. Together, we will continue our mission to build a healthier, more equitable community for all. 

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