A point-in-time count takes place during a 24-hour period during which volunteers are sent into the community with surveys ready to be filled out by every homeless person that is encountered. These surveys are then combined with data taken from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) database amounting to what is essentially an area census on homelessness.
The count is conducted in January, occurs annually, and is spearheaded by an area’s CoC. Data gathered during the PIT count is submitted to HUD in conjunction with other counts from other CoCs conducted during the same 24-hour period, combining to form the nation’s official statistics on homelessness.
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Point in Time Count