What is it? The Point in Time Count is an unduplicated count of people experiencing literal homelessness on a single night in January. HUD defines literal homelessness as living in places not meant for habitation, shelter, and some transitional housing programs. Persons at risk of becoming homeless (such as those staying with friends/family or paying to stay in a motel) are not included in this count.
Why is it done? While helping to determine the scope of homelessness, the PIT raises public awareness, promotes collaboration across communities, provides needed data, and helps us apply for increased housing funds.
How is it done? During the count, trained volunteers and staff interview individuals, youth, and families experiencing homelessness using a standardized survey form. Survey results are supplemented with available housing data from the Homeless Management Information System.
When is it? The next Point In Time Count is January 2023.