A Point in Time Count (PIT) is a one-night estimate of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless populations. This count provides the number and demographic characteristics of persons who are homeless on the night of the count, both sheltered (in emergency shelter or transitional housing on the night of the count) or unsheltered (on the street or in some other place unfit for human habitation) on the night of the count.
Community partners work in assigned areas to interview homeless individuals and complete a brief survey. Homeless counts are required to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD only requires a full count of both unsheltered and sheltered individuals every other year, the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras conducts a full count annually.
Persons who are precariously housed, often referred to as "doubled-up" or couch-surfing" this includes persons who are sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason. Persons in this situation, as well as others similar to those included by HUD, are used by the U.S. Department of Education when de3termining homeless status for their program purposes, but not for the PIT Count. Additionally, the PIT Count is a one-night only collection of data on homeless persons in the state.
The Housing Inventory Count (HIC) is completed on the same night of the PIT and provides information on the number of beds and units available to house persons who are homeless on that one night. It also provides the number of beds and units for permanent housing, including rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing.
The 2018 PIT & HIC will be on January 25, 2018.
Questions about the Point in Count should be directed to the CoC Coordnator: