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 most recent PIT Count was conducted on Jan. 23, 2020. The 2021 PIT Count will be extended and held Jan. 27 - 31.

How is the count conducted?​

Typically, 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.

To promote the safety of the community during the pandemic, the city will not seek volunteer support for the 2021 PIT Count. To allow more time for the city's Homeless Outreach Team to complete the street count, the 2021 PIT will be extended and held Jan. 27-31. 

Why is the PIT Count important?

Information from the PIT Count helps determine how much funding our community will receive for programs and services that help the homeless.  Each year, approximately $2 million is granted through the Continuum of Care to Virginia Beach agencies that provide housing and supportive services to the homeless.​ 

The PIT Count 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 and nonrecurring.  The 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.​​​​​​​​ The more we know about our homeless population, the better we can serve their needs. With successive counts,  we can also measure our progress.