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
Beverley Ebersold, Regional Coordinator for CO, IL, IN, MI, MN, MT, ND, OH, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI, WY
Bob Pulster, Regional Coordinator for AR, CT, IA, KS, MA, ME, MO, NE, NH, RI, TX, VT
Amy Sawyer, Regional Coordinator for AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, MD, MS, NC, PA, PR, SC, TN, WV, VA,VI
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.