Local Point in Time Count
During the last 10 days of January, more than 400 Continuums of Care (CoC), covering over 3,000 cities and counties across the country will organize tens of thousands of volunteers in a national effort to measure the scale of homelessness in the United States. These counts reveal the number of homeless persons in our shelters and on our streets at a single point-in-time. These one-night snapshot counts also provide local planners with data they need to understand the number and characteristics of persons who are homeless so they, in turn, can develop a thoughtful response. This effort allows communities to find out not just how many people are homeless, but who is homeless and more importantly, why they are homeless. Being able to answer these important questions is critical if we ever hope to end homelessness.
On January 24th all 23 counties in Wyoming will be participating in this very important count. People are encouraged to reach out to their local Continuum of Care (CoC) to learn more about the Point in Time and how they can help.
Use this link to fill out a survey for yourself or someone you may know.
Contact Karla McClaren at 307-721-1973 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the Point-in-Time (PIT) count?
The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. Each count is planned, coordinated, and carried out locally.
Why do we conduct the Point-in-Time (PIT) count?
The Point-in-Time (PIT) count provides the homeless assistance community with data needed to understand the number and characteristics of persons who are homeless. The counts are an important metric for measuring Federal and local progress in preventing and ending homelessness. HUD is required by statute to conduct PIT counts and has affirmed in regulation that it will require a sheltered and unsheltered count at least every other year as a condition of funding.
Who participates in the Point-in-Time (PIT) count?
HUD requires all of Continuums of Care (CoCs) to conduct a Point-in-Time (PIT) count and report the data as part of their annual competitive CoC application.
HUD develops guidance annually about minimum standards for the count.
Other Federal partners (e.g., Veterans Affairs) promote the counts and help CoCs at the local level.
CoCs plan, implement, and evaluate their counts at the local level.
CoCs engage homeless persons in the count.
How often is the Point-in-Time (PIT) count conducted?
HUD requires Continuums of Care (CoCs) to conduct a sheltered count annually.
HUD requires CoCs to conduct an unsheltered count every other year (odd-numbered years). Wyoming conducts a count every year.