Housing Inventory Count and Point-in-Time Count

Overview

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 in 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

HIC and PIT Tools

Ohio BoSCoC 2019 HIC and PIT Guidance
PIT Count Flyer – 2019
New Project Form
Housing Inventory Count Verification List – 2019
The Housing Inventory Count Verification List notes all projects currently included in the Ohio BoSCoC housing inventory (except ES overflow) and indicates which projects are required to submit a HICVR during the 2019 Housing Inventory Count.

PIT Forms
PIT Count Form Overview
Unsheltered Count Form
Observation Count Form
Service-Based Count Form
Sheltered Count Form

Training

Ohio BoSCoC 2019 HIC and PIT Overview Webinar Recording – November 16, 2018
Ohio BoSCoC 2019 HIC and PIT Overview Webinar Slides – November 16, 2018
Ohio BoSCoC 2019 HIC and PIT Count Webinar FAQ Sheet – November 16, 2018
Ohio BoSCoC 2019 HIC Webinar Recording – December 3, 2018
Ohio BoSCoC 2019 HIC Webinar Presentation – December 3, 2018
Ohio BoSCoC 2019 PIT Webinar Recording – December 7, 2018
Ohio BoSCoC 2019 PIT Webinar Presentation – December 7, 2018

HIC and PIT Data

2019 (Available Soon)

2018
Ohio BoSCoC 2018 PIT Count Data Tableau Map
Ohio BoSCoC 2018 HIC Data
Ohio BoSCoC 2018 HIC and PIT Count Guidance

2017
Ohio BoSCoC 2017 PIT Count Data Tableau Map
Overview of How to Access the 2017 PIT Count Data in Tableau
Ohio BoSCoC 2017 PIT Count Data (CoC)
Ohio BoSCoC 2017 HIC Data
Ohio BoSCoC 2017 PIT Count Results Listserv Message

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

2014
Ohio BoSCoC 2014 PIT Count Results
Ohio BoSCoC 2014 HIC Data
Ohio BoSCoC 2014 HIC/PIT Results Companion Document

Additional Resources

HUD Exchange PIT and HIC Guides, Tools, and Webinars