Point in Time Count
Communities using funds from the Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) are required to conduct periodic counts of people experiencing homelessness. This data is compiled locally and nationally to inform programs and planning.
Homeward has coordinated Richmond's Point-In-Time (PIT) count since 1999, and substantially expanded and refined the process over the years. Since 2007, Homeward has conducted both a summer count and a winter count in an effort to understand the changing nature of homelessness over time. In November 2007, Homeward used data gathered in January 2007 to produce our first State of Homelessness report.
The next Point in Time Count will be on Thursday, July 25, 2013
Registration will open in June 2013
Frequently Asked Questions about volunteering.
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. We are asking for donations that can be used to fill packages for the 250-300 attendees we are expecting. If you would like to help: Download Our List of Needs Here
View the results of the past censuses by visiting http://www.homewardva.org/researchdata
The percent of chronically homeless individuals is down from 11.5% of the population experiencing homelessness in July 2009 to 7.3% in July 2010. Individuals who have been homeless for years and multiple times are now stable in housing.
While homelessness defined as people in shelter or on the streets is down overall, we are still seeing the impact of the economic crisis on our community through longer shelter stays, decreased employment rates, and increased demand for prevention services to help families and individuals to stay in their housing.