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What is a Point-In-Time Count?

The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is an annual survey of people experiencing homelessness in a community. 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires each Continuum of Care (CoC) to conduct a “Point-in-Time” (PIT) Count. The PIT Count is conducted on a single day/night during the last ten days of January. 

There are two types of PIT Counts - sheltered and unsheltered. A sheltered PIT count counts the people who are homeless but are staying at a shelter or transitional housing. A sheltered PIT count is conducted every year. 

An unsheltered count counts people living in the street, cars, tents, abandoned buildings, and other places where people are meant to live permanently. The unsheltered count is conducted every other year. 

The PIT collects people's demographic information such as age, gender, disability information, length of time homeless, income, and housing history. This information helps the community identify the need for housing and services for those experiencing homelessness and try to address those needs based on the data collected.

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