Point-in-Time Count

​​​​What is the Point-in-Time Count? 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires cities that receive federal funding for homeless programs to conduct an annual count of its homeless population. The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is a one-day (24 hours), statistically reliable, unduplicated count of the sheltered and unsheltered homeless population.

When is the next PIT Count?

​The 2019 PIT Count was recently conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Why does the count matter?

Information from the PIT Count helps determine how much funding our community will receive for programs and services that help the homeless.  Each year, more than $1.5 million is granted through the Continuum of Care to Virginia Beach agencies that provide housing and supportive services to the homeless.​ It also offers a snapshot of homelessness and housing needs in Virginia Beach so we can better understand the issue and improve how we make homelessness rare, brief, nonrecurring. With successive counts,  we can measure our progress. The results? Since 2012, Virginia Beach has seen a steady decline in the number of homeless persons identified during the PIT Count.

How is the count conducted?​

In Virginia Beach, teams of volunteers and city staff canvass each of the City’s four police precincts and survey people who are without shelter. Information collected includes, but is not limited to: name, age, gender, and length of homelessness. Shelter and transitional housing providers also provide client data for the same day.

​How will this information be used to help homeless families and individuals?

The more we know about our homeless population, the better we can serve their needs. This PIT Count is not only a chance to learn how many people are homeless and where they are located, but also information about how they became homeless and what services they need to help them.​​​
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