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Small Boy On Bench

Point in Time Count

Each year, Continuums of Care across the country conduct counts of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons.  In addition to providing much needed data on the local level, these counts, commonly referred to as Point-in-Time Counts, also help the Department of Housing and Urban Development to keep track of national trends in the homeless population.

Next Point-in-Time Count: 

Our 2016 PIT is coming up! We will be out there on the last Wednesday of the month, January 27th. For provider updates, information, and documentation on the next Point-in-Time Count, please visit our Provider Point-in-Time Count Update page.

For all other up-to-date information regarding this year's Point-in-Time Count, please visit our News/Calendar of Events page.

Volunteer Opportunities:

While the sheltered homeless population count is largely conducted by service providers in the city, conducting a successful count of the unsheltered homeless requires the help of concerned citizens and volunteers.  Below is some basic information about the unsheltered Point-in-Time Count:

  • The event takes place within the last 10 days of January (as required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development).
  • The event usually runs anywhere between 2AM-10AM.
  • Volunteers are grouped with and led by experienced outreach workers.
  • During the count, volunteers are assigned to walk/drive specific areas of the city and count any homeless persons that they see.
  • Volunteers are recruited between late-November until the week before the event.
  • Detailed information is provided throughout the planning stages of the count and training is provided on the morning of the event.

If you would like to volunteer or donate, please email


For the most recent Point-in-Time Count data, please visit our Research and Reports page.

For data from other geographic Point-in-Time Counts, please visit the Federal Homeless Resource Exchange website

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