2019 Point in Time Count of Homeless Persons:
The Importance of Including Survivors
in the Count
The Point In Time Count – which occurs during the last ten days of January – is here and we would like to encourage DV programs and local Continuum of Care to work together to ensure survivors are included in this year’s count.
What is it? The Point in Time (PIT) Count is a census-like count of all people experiencing homelessness within a geographic area and it is designed to provide a snapshot of everyone experiencing homelessness on a given day.
Why is it important? Including survivors in the count enable communities to demonstrate the need for housing for survivors and their families, identify gaps in supports and services, enhance outreach and engagement strategies and justify securing additional resources.
Guidance has been developed to inform domestic violence services providers and CoCs about the importance of including individuals and families fleeing domestic violence in the PIT count. Resources include:
Check out the HUD Exchange for links to these helpful resources.
If you have particular questions regarding your community’s PIT count, please reach out to your local CoC. To locate the contact person for your local CoC, click here.