Profile of Hawai‘i's Homeless

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The Center on the Family produces annual Homeless Service Utilization Reports in collaboration with the Homeless Programs Branch of the Hawai‘i Department of Human Services (formerly with the Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority), with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The reports present data collected from individuals experiencing homelessness and receiving services whose data are entered into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Data are entered into the HMIS at the time of program entry and exit by staff members at Shelter Stipend Programs (emergency and transitional shelters) and Outreach Programs (services and referrals to those living in a car or park or on a beach) throughout the state of Hawai‘i.

The reports present data relating to the demographic characteristics of the homeless, program utilization patterns, and trends over time. They provide a starting point for policymakers, program managers, and advocates at both the state and county levels to better understand the individuals and families who access state-funded homeless services. They also provide the data and information that are essential to wise decisions and actions that can alleviate present suffering and reduce large financial and social costs associated with homelessness.

For more information, contact
Dr. Sarah Yuan, Principal Investigator, at

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