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02/19/2013 - PIT Count Coverage Across the Nation

During the last ten days of January, Point-in-Time (PIT) Counts were conducted across the United States in order to count the number of people experiencing homelessness and connect them with support services. As described in the USICH December newsletter, the results of the PIT count offer the only national data on the total number of people experiencing homelessness throughout the country, including those that do not use homeless assistance programs. The PIT count informs resource planning and policymaking at the federal, state, and local level and is also the primary means of measuring progress against the goals of Opening Doors.

At USICH, we tracked the media coverage of the 2013 PIT Counts. We compiled this coverage for you and organized the articles according to states covered by each USICH regional coordinator. We are taking this opportunity to highlight the important work of our local leaders and partners in the effort to gain an accurate count of people experiencing homelessness in this country. And by covering PIT Counts that took place in urban, suburban and rural areas, we hope to call attention to the different strategies required to count people experiencing homeless in these different types of locations.

As we drive toward the goals in Opening Doors, understanding the prevalence and needs of those experiencing homelessness in different communities across the country is critical if we are to end homelessness. The Continuums of Care (CoCs) and the volunteers that led and participated in each community’s PIT Count are integral to achieving these goals. Conducting PIT Counts would be impossible without their dedication. These are the local heroes of this work, and it is our pleasure to give their efforts well-deserved attention.

2013 PIT Counts Across the Country:

Matthew Doherty, Regional Coordinator for AZ, CA, GU, HI, NV

AZ

Chandler

Coconino County

Lake Powell

CA

Bakersfield

El Monte

Indio

Los Angeles

San Mateo County

Santa Cruz

South Pasadena

GU

Territory-wide

NV

Nevada County

Beverley Ebersold, Regional Coordinator for CO, IL, IN, MI, MN, MT, ND, OH, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI, WY

CO

Colorado Springs

IL

Chicago

Springfield

Westchester

Michigan

State-wide

OH

Cleveland County

Cuyahoga County

OR

Lane County

Portland

UT

Salt Lake City

WA

Everett

Olympia

WI

Madison

Wausau

Bob Pulster, Regional Coordinator for AR, CT, IA, KS, MA, ME, MO, NE, NH, RI, TX, VT

AR

Fort Smith

Northwest

CT

Hartford

Middletown

New London

KS

Topeka and Shawnee County

ME

Portland

NE

Lincoln

NJ

Bergen County

Hudson County

Jersey City

Warren County

NY

Duchess County

Rochester

Syracuse

TX

Polk County

Amy Sawyer, Regional Coordinator for AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, MD, MS, NC, PA, PR, SC, TN, WV, VA,VI

DC

District-wide

DE

State-wide

FL

Orlando

Tampa

NC

Onslow County

PA

Alle Kiski Valley

Pittsburgh

York County

TN

Blount County

For more information on PIT Counts in your area or to get involved in next year’s PIT Count, directly contact the USICH regional coordinator who works in your state/territory.

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