Homeless Reports

 

The Organizational Development Committee develops initiatives to solicit and orient new members. Each year the Organizational Development Committee in collaboration with the Awareness Committee solicits names of potential new committee members from existing members and develops specific strategies to engage those stakeholders that are typically underrepresented in PIC.  As part of the annual Homeless Awareness Confernence, the committees expand the invitation list to include a broader range of community groups and make a public invitation for new members to join within the geography of the CoC. The Organizational Development Committee Chair schedules and leads committee meetings, assigns tasks to committee members, monitors member attendance, and follows up with committee members who have been absent from committee meetings.  For more information contact Kim Cook, Organizational Development Committee Chair, kcook@usvetsinc.org.  

The 2018 meeting calendar for all committee and general meetings.  

For more information, please contact Sharon Baillie, Planning Coordinator.  

A coordinated response to ending homelessness requires that assistance be allocated as effectively as possible and that it be easily accessible no matter where or how people present. Coordinated entry processes help communities prioritize assistance based on vulnerability and severity of service needs to ensure that people who need assistance the most can receive it in a timely manner. Coordinated entry processes also provide information about service needs and gaps to help communities plan their assistance and identify needed resources.  For more information contact Tom McDonald, Planning Chair, tmcdonald@asi-hawaii.org.

The Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Honolulu Continuum of Care (CoC), and is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. "Under Section 578.7 of the CoC Program interim rule, CoCs must plan and conduct, at least biennially, a Point-in-Time Count of homeless persons within the geographic area."  The PIT Count provides the community and homeless assistance providers with data needed to understand the number and characteristics of persons who are homeless at one point in time. The PIT Count also provides policy makers with data needed to effectively allocate resources aimed at ending and preventing homelessness.

The CoC Program (24 CFR Section 578) is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness. 

These reports are produced by the University of Hawaii, Center on the Family and are based on data collected from the State’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). The HMIS is a web-based system that stores longitudinal client-level information about persons utilizing homeless assistance services, whose data is entered by over 40 agencies operating over 100 programs that fall under the homeless services network. All service providers who receive State and Federal funds are required to enter service data into the HMIS. Data contained in these reports are the most current available for individuals and families in Hawai‘i who utilize shelter and/or outreach services for the homeless and whose data were entered into the HMIS during the reporting period.

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness. PIC’s CoC Program Applications detail the extent of progress by the CoC in meeting HUD’s goals of ending homelessness, while competing for homeless services funding with hundreds of other CoCs nationally.