A new mobile app will help volunteers surveying Oahu’s homeless population early next year by streamlining collection of data points, such as location, and organizing surveyors’ observations.
The app will allow for live monitoring of data collection. It will also allow volunteers to “drop pins” to track the approximate location of the homeless people they encounter over the course of the one-night count.
The federally mandated “point in time count” will take place Jan. 23, 2020 at various locations around Oahu. The annual event is an on-the-ground count of homeless people observable by vetted and trained volunteers.
The count is important because it guides policy decisions and outreach by service providers, such as homeless shelters and free meal programs. It also helps government leaders and advocacy groups assess how current tactics employed to combat the state’s homeless crisis are faring.
Partners in Care, a coalition of homeless services providers on Oahu, is seeking 1,000 volunteers to assist with the count, as well as donations of travel-sized hygiene and snack food items that will be distributed during the outreach and data-gathering event.
Sign up for our FREE morning newsletter and face each day more informed.
Before you go
Civil Beat readership has more than doubled in the past nine months. That’s incredible growth for which we’re so grateful.
But for a small nonprofit newsroom that provides free content with no paywall, readership growth alone can’t sustain our journalism. The truth is that less than 1% of our monthly readers are financial supporters.
To remain a viable business model for local news, we need a higher percentage of readers-turned-donors.