By Elizabeth Roldan, Program Assistant
Our Homeless Point-In-Time Count in Puerto Rico took place this past March. Our staff and volunteers from Guara Bi went out into the community and provided counseling services, free HIV and COVID-19 testing, and offered other psychological and support services. Our volunteers were excited to finally go out into the streets after two years of COVID-19 restrictions. Before the start of the event, our volunteers and staff dedicated their time to preparing personal hygiene and disinfectant items for the homeless population. Thanks to the count, we can identify the needs of the homeless in Puerto Rico and give our government an idea of the public policies needed to aid this population, which in most cases, lack not only material resources – but physical and mental health services too.