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 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

2022 PIT Counting Us App
Counting Us App – Getting Started Guide
Ohio BoSCoC 2022 HIC and PIT Guidance Document
New Project Form 
Housing Inventory Count (HIC) Report

HUD Safety Considerations for Counting During COVID-19

Sheltered Count Paper Form
Unsheltered Count Paper Form
Unsheltered Observation Count Paper Form
Service-Based Count Paper Form

Map of Census Tracts Required to Complete Unsheltered PIT Count

Training

Ohio BoSCoC 2022 Service-Based Count Planning Webinar Recording – January 12, 2022
Ohio BoSCoC 2022 Service-Based Count Planning Webinar Slides – January 12, 2022

Ohio BoSCoC 2022 PIT Count Planning Webinar Recording – December 16, 2021
Ohio BoSCoC 2022 PIT Count Planning Webinar Slides – December 16, 2021

Ohio BoSCoC 2022 Housing Inventory County (HIC) Overview Webinar Recording – December 2, 2021
Ohio BoSCoC 2022 Housing Inventory Count (HIC) Overview Webinar Slides – December 2, 2021

Ohio BoSCoC 2022 HIC/PIT Overview Webinar Recording – November 18, 2021
Ohio BoSCoC 2022 HIC/PIT Overview Webinar Slides – November 18, 2021

HIC and PIT Data

2021

Ohio BoSCoC 2021 PIT Count Data
Ohio BoSCoC 2021 HIC Data

2020
Ohio BoSCoC 2020 PIT Count Data
Ohio BoSCoC 2020 HIC Data

2019
Ohio BoSCoC 2019 PIT Count Data Tableau Map
Ohio BoSCoC 2019 PIT Count Data (CoC level)
Ohio BoSCoC 2019 HIC Data

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