Homelessness on Kauai has jumped more than 50 percent, according to the latest data from the 2019 point-in-time count.

Bridging the Gap, a group of neighbor island homeless service organizations, announced the results Tuesday for all neighbor islands. The group attributed to sharp increase on Kauai to better data collection.

Homelessness dropped 21 percent on the Big Island and fell just 1 percent in Maui County.

Overall homelessness across all three neighbor island counties fell 2 percent, with families and youth experiencing the biggest decreases.

The 2019 point-in-time count took place on Jan. 22 in Hawaii, Kauai and Maui counties.

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