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 Winter PIT Enhancements

In order to increase our engagement of unsheltered (and chronically homeless) individuals and to continue to build community will to end homelessness, especially for our single adults, Homeward is proposing an enhanced outreach effort as part of the PIT count. 

This year, we plan to incorporate new elements such as location mapping of people living in unsheltered conditions and increased engagement. We also want to make it easier for shelters to survey clients through the use of volunteers.


Volunteer Registration now open for 2018 Winter PIT 

Our volunteers will survey individuals:

  • at emergency shelters on January 24th

  • in early AM and afternoon street outreach on Jan. 25

  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church's lunch program on Jan. 25

  • First Baptist Church's dinner program on Jan. 25

  • In PM street outreach on Jan. 25

Training sessions will be held in advance. 


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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