What is the Point-In-Time (PIT) count?
As part of its Continuum of Care (CoC) application for homelessness funding, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that jurisdictions across the nation conduct a statistically reliable and unduplicated count of the homeless for one overnight period during the last 10 days of January. This is known at the Point-In-Time (PIT) count. The Fredericksburg Regional CoC conducts a Winter PIT count each year, for both sheltered and unsheltered populations, to more accurately track the number and the needs of the region’s homeless population. The PIT count is planned, coordinated, and carried out locally, and the information gathered is used by our community to better allocate housing resources and services in order to prevent and end homelessness. The PIT Count is the only opportunity throughout the year for most communities to take a comprehensive look at the total homeless population, and is especially crucial in assessing the needs of the unsheltered homeless.
The PIT survey is an important tool in collecting data on the number, characteristics, and service needs of individuals, families, and unaccompanied children experiencing homelessness throughout the region. The resulting data is a critical component of local homeless planning and program development. Accurate data helps communities to:
- Understand changes in trends among homeless populations;
- Adjust the types of programs and services available according to need in order to use resources as efficiently as possible;
- Justify requests for additional resources and/or programming modifications;
- Comply with reporting requirements from HUD, other funders, and local stakeholders;
- Raise public awareness about the issue of homelessness; and
- Measure community progress toward preventing and ending homelessness.
Nationally, the PIT count process is used as the primary data source for federal agencies to understand homelessness trends and track progress against the goals and objectives contained in Opening Doors, the Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness. Additionally, the Congressionally-mandated Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) is prepared using PIT and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data.
Upcoming PIT Count: January 24th-25th, 2024!
The PIT Count is only possible through the efforts of local volunteers.
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We are looking for donations for the PIT Count for hygiene bags. The following items are needed:
- Hygiene Items: Shampoo, Conditioner, Soaps, Razors
- Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Feminine Products
- Warm Blankets/Space Blankets
- First Aid Kits
- Hand and Foot Warmers
- Packaged Foods: Granola Bars, Bottled Water, Nuts, Crackers, Etc.
Want us to come talk to your group or organization about the PIT and hosting a donation drive? We also need incentives for our PIT Count! To schedule a donation or have our staff connect with you for more details, email Megan Samples at firstname.lastname@example.org