The Center on the Family at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the State Department of Human Services have released the Homeless Service Utilization Report: Hawaii 2010. The report provides data about the demographic characteristics of individuals and families who accessed homeless support services during the fiscal year 2010.
Facts brought to light in the report include an increase in “homeless” service usage in the City and County of Honolulu from 2009-2010. Hawaii County saw a significant increase of 15 percent in outreach service usage, but also a significant decrease of 12 percent in shelter service usage.
A total of 13,886 people experienced “homelessness” and received shelter and/or outreach services in FY 2010, an increase of 3 percent over the year before. Just under three thousand Hawaii children experienced “homelessness” with their families and accessed services. Based on parental reports, 25 percent of those children have one or more physical, mental behavioral or developmental issues that caused their parents concern.