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Point-in-Time Committee

Chair: Amber Teer, amber.teer@lynchburgva.gov

Plans and implements the annual Point in Time Count according to HUD guidelines while working closely with the HMIS Lead to prepare, organize, and submit the data to HUD.


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Volunteers brave rain to conduct annual homelessness count.

What is the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count?

  • A snapshot of the homeless population on a given night

  • Required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

  • An unduplicated count on a single night of the people in our community experiencing homelessness, both sheltered and unsheltered.

When is the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count?

  • HUD requires the count to occur during the last 10 days of January

  • To prevent duplication, the state of Virginia selects one date for all VA CoCs to conduct a PIT Count

  • The selected date is January 23, 2019

    • This means the overnight hours on Wednesday night through Thursday (January 24) morning

Who is in the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count?

  • Sheltered homeless people

    • Staying in shelters - emergency and domestic violence

  • Unsheltered homeless people

    • Staying outside or in places not meant for human habitation

How is the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count conducted?

  • Sheltered homeless people

    • Emergency Shelter data is generated from HMIS

    • Domestic Violence data is reported by aggregate survey sheets

  • Unsheltered homeless people

    • Surveys are collected by volunteers (YOU!) – basic demographic information on each person and household

Why is the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count conducted?

  • For planning purposes

  • To obtain an accurate picture of homelessness in this community

  • To identify unmet needs

  • To obtain data required for funding applications

  • To increase community awareness of homelessness

  • To increase community and stakeholder involvement

  • As a tool for advocacy