Conducting a Point-in-Time Count
Conducting a Point-in-Time Count is important for all communities. The count provides a snapshot of who is homeless on a given night. This information can be used to plan local homeless assistance systems, to tailor programs to meet existing needs, and to raise public awareness of homelessness.
The Point-in-Time Count is a one-day, statistically reliable, unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families in the country.
HUD requires that all Continuums of Care conduct a Point-in-Time Count each year during the last ten days of January. Programs that have beds dedicated to serve homeless individuals and families also conduct a bed inventory (the Housing Inventory Count).
What time is the count?
The 2015 Point-in-Time Count will be held the night of Wednesday, January 28th starting at Sundown (Count should last roughly 4-5 hours).
Communities should count people where they are on that particular night. On the night of the 28th, emergency shelters and transitional housing programs should count the persons who are residing in their programs. Permanent supportive housing programs and rapid re-housing programs should also count their residents. While these folks are no longer homeless and are not included in the total number of homeless persons, it’s important to gather data on how many people we’ve moved into permanent housing.
Street counts of unsheltered homeless people should be done the night of the 28th. If you are planning on including a services-based count (counting unsheltered homeless persons at service agencies, such as soup kitchens), you would do this during the day after the count. Remember, if you do a services count during the day of the 29th, you’ll be asking “Where did you stay last night (the 28th)?” If the person stayed in a shelter or in transitional housing, you know they have already been counted.
WE NEED DONATIONS!
We need donation items to distribute to the Homeless during the Point in Time Count. Everything from blankets, to shampoo, to water bottles. Donation items encourages Homeless individuals to come out and be counted during the PIT Count, and provides much-needed help to those in need. Please Download the Gaston County PIT Count Flyer for a list of needed items. Share with your friends, co-workers, church, or your Facebook friends. We need donations!
Volunteer with the Count!
United Way of Gaston County’s Ashley Smith will be the Point in Time Count Coordinator for Gaston County in 2015. If you would like to volunteer your time to help us count the homeless in our community, you can reach him at 704-864-4554 x104 or by EMAIL.
Or fill out the form below. Thank you!