This report highlights characteristics of individuals counted as unsheltered homeless in Honolulu’s Point-in-Time count between 2017 and 2020. In particular, it details the characteristics of the unsheltered population; population’s interaction with the service sector; and differences between individuals who are counted as homeless year after year and the overall unsheltered population. Data included Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) datasets from 2017 through 2020 for Honolulu County and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data.
This report is the first installment of a series of reports commissioned by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and the City of Honolulu in collaboration with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Partners in Care (PIC) to investigate the unsheltered homeless population and its pathways through the service system. The overall objective of this project is to leverage existing data and resources to inform and improve service delivery and policy addressing homelessness in Honolulu.