Point In Time Count


Understanding what regional data says about individuals and families experiencing homelessness is critical in building an effective community-wide response. For this reason, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires communities to conduct periodic counts of people experiencing homelessness. This data is compiled both locally and nationally to inform programs, planning, and funding. Homeward has coordinated Greater Richmond's Point-in-Time (PIT) count since 1999, and since 2007, has conducted both a summer and a winter count to better understand the changing nature of homelessness over time.

PIT data is published through snapshots, and is used to track trends across various subpopulations of homeless (veterans, families, chronic, etc)

2018 Summer PIT 

Have you ever wondered how Homeward gets the data that supports our work?

You can be a part of that effort this July 19 & 20 by volunteering at our 2018 summer Point-in-Time (PIT) count. The PIT count is a census of people that are experiencing homelessness in our region. 

We have over 170 volunteer slots available:

  • 96volunteers to survey the residents of emergency shelters on the evening of 7/19
  • 10 volunteers to First Baptist Church community dinner on the evening of 7/19
  • 50 volunteers to survey the guests of the community lunch at Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on 7/20
  • 19 volunteers to survey panhandlers in Richmond, Chesterfield, and Henrico on the afternoon of 7/20

Register to volunteer here!


At the event, we will offer those experiencing homelessness care packages which contain lotion, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, hand sanitizer, combs, brushes, socks, scarves and hats. 

Past Results

View the results of the past censuses by visiting http://www.homewardva.org/data/trends


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