HONOLULU - The annual Point in Time count, which is a census of people experiencing homelessness, showed a 9 percent overall decrease in the number of homeless individuals across the state compared with the same time period last year, according to Gov. David Ige.

This was the first decrease in eight years.

The 2017 count shows 7,220 homeless individuals across the state compared with 7,921 in 2016.

“I commend the many partners who have gotten out of their silos, come to the table and rolled up their sleeves. Together, we are finding more efficient ways to move people off the streets and into homes. This report is proof that our collective efforts are working,” said Gov. Ige. “While today’s news indicates that the tide has turned, there is more to do. My administration remains focused on increasing affordable housing and reducing homelessness in the State of Hawai'i.”

Hawai'i County saw the largest decrease at 32 percent.  Maui County saw a 22 percent decline and Kaua'i County saw a 7 percent drop.  Oahu saw an increase of less than half a percent.