Who Do We Help?
In Hawaii, we have individuals, families, and youth who experience transitional, episodic, and chronic homelessness. In some areas, generational homelessness has grown and our communities are now seeing keiki being born into homelessness. HomeAid Hawaii serves each of these populations with housing projects and community outreach, recognizing the unique needs of each demographic and the challenges for service providers to meet the shelter and service needs of these populations.
- According to the most recent, 2015, point-in-time count for homelessness in Hawaii, there are 7,620 individuals, families, and children experiencing homelessness in our communities.
- About half of these people are sheltered, and half of them are unsheltered.
- Approximately 1,500 of the 7,620 individuals and families (including children under the age of 18) are chronically homeless.
- Approximately 691 of the 7,620 individuals and families experiencing homelessness are veterans.
- Approximately 1,700 of the 7,620 individuals experiencing homelessness have a serious mental illness, the vast majority of whom are unsheltered.
- Approximately 1,400 of the 7,620 individuals experiencing homelessness have a substance use disorder, the vast mojority of whom are unsheltered.
- At least 400 of the 7,620 individuals experiencing homelessness are victims of domestic violence.
- Over the past five years, the overall number of individuals and families who are homeless in Hawaii has increased. The number of sheltered individuals and families who are homeless in Hawaii has DECREASED. The number of unsheltered individuals and families who are homeless in Hawaii has INCREASED. Therefore, in Hawaii, we have a higher number of homeless individuals and families today than we did five years ago, and more of them are on the streets, or public places versus in a shelter option. Understanding therefore that shelter space is available, inevitably advocates, providers, funders, government, and community partners ask the question: why aren't people staying in the shelters?