HONOLULU (KITV4) — After being delayed for more than a year because of COVID-19, hundreds of volunteers once again took to the streets for the annual Point-In-Time homeless count.
The survey provides crucial data to the state about the current size of the homeless population on Oahu.
Organizers say this year had more than 350 volunteers participate in the count. Teams spread out to different parts of the island including the North shore and West side.
They say because last year’s count had to be canceled, the data collected will likely shed light on how much the homeless situation has changed during the pandemic.
Care packages with hygiene items and McDonald’s gift cards were given out to encourage participation in a short questionnaire survey.
In the 2020, nearly 5,000 homeless people were counted on Oahu.