Housing Inventory Count and Point-in-Time Count


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires counts of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons for those communities receiving federal funding from the Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grant Programs. These are called Point-in-Time Counts (PIT), as they occur during one day, the last ten days of January.

HUD also requires the annual completion of a Housing Inventory Count (HIC), which provides an overview of a community’s homeless program inventory. The HIC must be completed on the same day as the PIT Count.

Collecting data on the numbers and characteristics of homeless individuals and families as well as homeless services capacity can serve additional purposes over and beyond meeting HUD requirements. Accurate counts offer several benefits including:

•Providing support for local planning efforts by identifying unmet needs and trends in size and characteristics of homeless populations

•Supplying guidance for development of more effective programming and services

•Raising awareness of homelessness

•Enhancing local homeless programs’ volunteer base

•Assisting with allocation of resources around local priorities

•Targeting interventions for certain homeless sub-populations

•Opportunity to conduct community outreach, engagement, screening, and triage to identify people experiencing homelessness in need of services

•Identifying community goals

•Assisting in measuring progress toward homelessness reduction goals


2017 CoC HIC and PIT Count

2016 CoC HIC and PIT Count:
Ohio BoSCoC 2016 HIC and PIT Count Guidance
Ohio BoSCoC 2016 HIC and PIT Count Minimum Requirements for Ohio BoSCoC

2016 HIC and PIT Count Data Collection Tools:
Sheltered Count Form
Service-Based Count Form
Unsheltered Observation Count Form

2015 CoC PIT Count:
Ohio BoSCoC 2015 PIT Count Results
Ohio BoSCoC 2015 PIT Count Results and Analysis

2014 CoC HIC and PIT Count:
Ohio BoSCoC Point-in- Time Count 2014
Ohio BoSCoC Housing Inventory Chart 2014
Ohio BoSCoC HIC/PIT Results Companion Document


(Visit our Training & Technical Assistance page for additional training materials)

Ohio BoSCoC 2016 HIC and PIT Count Webinar- December 9, 2015 Presentation
2016 PIT Count: Best Practices for Your Local Count- November 10, 2015 Presentation
Counting Homeless Young Adults and Youth: What Everyone Needs to Know About Counting Youth in the 2016 PIT Count- October 21, 2015 Presentation

Additional Resources

HUD Exchange PIT and HIC Guides, Tools, and Webinars