What is the Point-in-Time (PIT) count?
The Point-in-Time Count is a one-day unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families across the United States.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that each Continuum of Care (CoC) conduct a count at the end of January every year. In many cases across the country CoCs conduct their own separate counts that can’t be compared reliably to other communities’ results because the counts are all conducted differently. Here in Connecticut all CoCs conduct their counts in the same way, at the same time, so findings can be compared across communities and over years.
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There are thousands of individuals and families in shelter at any time, and hundreds more living without shelter in Connecticut. Only by knowing who, where, and how many people are experiencing homeless in Connecticut can we plan and identify the resources needed to best serve the most vulnerable, and ultimately move families and individuals into permanent housing. Homelessness is a solvable problem, and we need your help to get there.
- 2014 HUD Housing Inventory Chart and PIT Count Data Collection Guidance
- HUD’s Guide to Counting Sheltered Homeless People (revised 2012)
- HUD’s Guide to Counting Unsheltered Homeless People (revised 2008)
- HUD Webinar: Preparing Your 2015 Housing Inventory and Point-in-Time Counts
- NAEH Resources for Conducting Targeted PIT Counts of Homeless Youth
- Creating Opportunities for Youth who are Homeless