National Shelter and Street Point-in-Time Count &
Housing Inventory Count
In October 2010, HUD advised communities to collect information on chronically homeless individuals and families during the January 2011 point-in-time (PIT) count.
A Chronically Homeless Person or Family is an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition or a family with at least one adult member who has a disabling condition who has either been continuously homeless for a year or more OR has had at least four (4) episodes of homelessness in the past three (3) years. The term homeless in this case means a person sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation (e.g., living on the streets), in an emergency homeless shelter, or in a Safe Haven as defined by HUD.
Clarification on subpopulation data collection and reporting requirements for chronically homeless families:
CoCs should collect and report the total number of persons in chronically homeless families on the night of the count. The total number of persons in chronically homeless families includes both the adult members who are chronically homeless and family members who are with them, either sheltered or unsheltered.
CoCs should collect:
1. The total number of persons in chronically homeless families living in emergency shelter; and
2. The total number of persons in chronically homeless families living in a place not meant for human habitation (e.g., living on the street).
CoCs will report this data on the Homeless Subpopulations page of the Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX).
CoCs are required to complete a PIT count of homeless people for a single night during the last 10 days in January. Any CoC planning to conduct the PIT count outside the last 10 days of January 2011, must submit a waiver request to HUD. Waiver requests should be submitted via email to Michael Roanhouse, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) at firstname.lastname@example.org and must include the proposed date of the count and the rationale for selecting a date outside the last 10 days of January.
Resources: Please visit the Homelessness Resource Exchange (www.hudhre.info) and the links below for additional information.
- October 22, 2010 listserv message on counting chronically homeless families in the 2011 PIT count.
- Submit questions to the Virtual Help Desk on the HRE.
Housing Inventory Count:
There is an error on page 2 of the Instructions for Completing 2011 Housing Inventory Chart which states:
“If some or all beds and units are not designated exclusively for a particular type of household, then record the household type most frequently served by the associated beds and units.”
The correct instructions are:
Where beds are not designated exclusively for a particular type of household, then record the household type according to how the bed(s) were used on the night of the annual Housing Inventory Count. If the facility is not at full capacity on the night of the count extrapolate the distribution based on the pro rata distribution of those who are served on the night of the count.