On January 25, 2019, Pierce County will conduct the Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count.
The PIT Count allows us to talk with people to learn more about their homelessness.
Pierce County is requesting volunteers for the Point-in-Time Count.
Volunteers will be stationed at meal sites, day shelters, events such as Project Homeless Connect, and DSHS offices throughout Pierce County. and will complete surveys of people experiencing homelessness.
PIT Count Volunteers:
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must attend a Point in Time Count Training
- Search for unsheltered homeless within designated locations
- Survey individuals experiencing homelessness using a mobile app
- Provide individuals who have been surveyed with incentives as available
- At least one member on the team must have access to a smart phone, tablet, or laptop with wi-fi.
Please see the link below to register to volunteer for the Point in Time Count and select a training.
- Hygiene Kits: Shampoo, Conditioner, Soaps, Razors, Deodorant, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Feminine Products
- Warm Blankets/Space Blankets
- First Aid Kits
- Hand and Foot Warmers
- Packaged Foods: Granola Bars, Bottled Water, Etc.
What is the Point-In-Time Count?
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Washington State Department of Commerce require communities to conduct a one-day Point-In-Time (PIT) Count to survey individuals experiencing homelessness. PIT Counts are one source of data among many that help us understand the magnitude and characteristics of people who are homeless in our community.
The Point-In-Time (PIT) Count is a one-day snapshot that captures the characteristics and situations of people living here without a home. The PIT Count includes both sheltered individuals (temporarily living in emergency shelters or transitional housing) and unsheltered individuals (those sleeping outside or living in places that are not meant for human habitation).
The annual PIT Count happens the last Friday in January, and is carried out by volunteers who interview people and asks where they slept the night before, where their last residence was located, what may have contributed to their loss of housing, and disabilities the individual may have. It also asks how long the individual has been homeless, age and demographics, and whether the person is a veteran and/or a survivor of domestic violence.
Like all surveys, the PIT Count has limitations. Results from the Count are influenced by the weather, by availability of overflow shelter beds, by the number of volunteers, and by the level of engagement of the people we are interviewing. Comparisons from year to year should be done with those limitations in mind.
"The Point-In-Time Count provides the homeless assistance community with the data needed to understand the number and characteristics of persons who are homeless at one point in time."
-U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development