PIT and HIC Guides, Tools, and Webinars

The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night. Continuums of Care also must conduct a count of unsheltered homeless persons every other year (odd numbered years). Each count is planned, coordinated, and carried out locally. The Housing Inventory Count (HIC) is a point-in-time inventory of provider programs within a Continuum of Care that provide beds and units dedicated to serve persons who are homeless, categorized by five Program Types: Emergency Shelter; Transitional Housing; Rapid Re-housing; Safe Haven; and Permanent Supportive Housing. 

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PIT Survey Tools

Instructions and Guidance

Point-in-Time Survey Tools

In order to collect Point-in Time (PIT) data according to HUD standards, CoCs need to use high quality survey instruments. HUD is providing CoCs with a set of model surveys that they can use for the 2014 PIT count. These surveys reflect the review of best local practices, and the input of leading survey and homeless methodology experts. Please see below the list of model surveys and when they will be available to communities.

HUD is also providing a mobile PIT application that CoCs can use in counting unsheltered homeless persons. The mobile app is only configured with the observation-based and interview based PIT surveys; however, HUD anticipates releasing the sheltered and service-based surveys prior to the 2015 PIT Count. The app will be available for download through Google Play or the Apple App Store. You can preview the mobile app by clicking the link below from a current web browser. Internet Explorer users must be running either version 10 or 11 in order to properly view this site.

Type of Survey Model Instruments Mobile Application
Observation-based Night of the Count Survey 2014 2014
Interview-based Night of the Count Survey 2014 2014
Service-based Survey 2014 2015
Sheltered Survey 2014 2015

These model tools may be used by grantees to complete their point-in-time surveys:

Point-in-Time Survey Tools and Mobile App Overview Online Training

Model Sheltered PIT Survey

Model Observation-based Unsheltered Night of the Count PIT Survey

Model Interview-based Unsheltered Night of the Count PIT Survey

Model Service-based PIT Survey

Demonstration Website for the Mobile PIT Application

PIT Mobile Application Program Interface (API) Documentation

Date Published: February 2014

Webinars and Virtual Trainings

HUD Point-in-Time Survey Tools and Mobile App Overview Webinar

This training provides an overview of HUD Point-in-Time (PIT) Survey Tools and the PIT mobile app.

Date Published: January 2014

2014 PIT and HIC Reporting

Instructions and Guidance

Notice CPD-13-011: 2014 HIC and PIT of Homeless Persons Data Collection Guidance

This document provides information to Continuums of Care (CoCs) on what information to collect in order to successfully complete their 2014 Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) count. As CoCs begin to organize and plan these activities, staff should review this guidance and use it as a reference to ensure that they are capturing all of the required information.

Please note that HUD has revised the Notice to clarify that on the veteran population tables, CoCs must collect and report data on the total number of veteran households, the total number of veterans, and the total number of persons in veteran households.  However, the demographic reporting for the veteran population tables will be limited to veteran only data. Please see Appendix C of the Notice to view the tables for data submission.

Date Published: November 2013

2014 HIC and PIT Data Submission Guidance

This document provides information to Continuums of Care (CoCs) on how to successfully submit their 2014 Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) Count data to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Staff should review this guidance and use it as a reference when preparing their data for submission. For information on what information needs to be submitted and how to collect such data, please see Notice CPD-13-011: 2014 HIC and PIT of Homeless Persons Data Collection Guidance.

Date Published: March 2014

Webinars and Virtual Trainings

Preparing for Your 2014 Housing Inventory and Point-In-Time Counts Webinar

This webinar, held December 2013, provides guidance on the 2014 Housing Inventory and Point-in-Time counts. The presentation will cover the key changes to the HIC and PIT counts for 2014, important points regarding 2014 HIC and PIT count data collection, and provide instructions on how to access resources related to the HIC and PIT counts.

Date Published: January 2014

2013 PIT and HIC Reporting

  

Instructions and Guidance

2013 HIC and PIT Data Submission Guidance

This document provides information to Continuums of Care (CoCs) on how to successfully submit their 2013 Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) Count data to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Date Published: March 2013

2013 HIC and PIT Count of Homeless Persons Data Collection Guidance

This document provides information to Continuums of Care (CoCs) on what information to collect in order to successfully complete their 2013 Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) count.

Date Published: December 2012

2013 HIC and PIT of Homeless Persons Data Collection Guidance: Supplemental Guidance on Counting Homeless Youth

This document is a supplement to HUD's 2013 HIC and PIT of Homeless Persons Data Collection Guidance.

Date Published: December 2012

A Guide to Counting Sheltered Homeless People (Revised 2012)

This guide describes recommended methods for collecting data on sheltered homeless populations, that is, homeless persons residing in emergency shelter, transitional housing or Safe Havens.

Date Published: January 2012

A Guide to Counting Unsheltered Homeless People

This guide describes several methods for identifying, counting, and learning about homeless people who are unlikely to be found in shelters or in other residential programs within a local homeless assistance network.

Date Published: December 2007

2013 PIT Count Poster

This image is for use by Continuums of Care to promote awareness of the 2013 PIT count.

Date Published: January 2013

FY 2013 Approved PIT Count Data for the FY 2013 - 2014 NOFA

These resources provide CoCs with information on the approved Point-in-Time (PIT) count data for the FY 2013 - 2014 CoC Program Competition NOFA. The data reflect what was officially submitted to HUD via the Homeless Data Exchange (HDX), and is what HUD will use in the assessment process. This information is available for both the sheltered and unsheltered PIT count. 

Refer to the FY 2013 Approved HIC Data for the FY 2013 - 2014 NOFA resource for the approved Housing Inventory Count (HIC) data.

Date Published: January 2014

FY 2013 Approved HIC Data for the FY 2013 - 2014 NOFA

These resources provide CoCs with information on the approved Housing Inventory Count (HIC) data for the FY 2013 - 2014 CoC Program Competition NOFA. The data reflect what was officially submitted to HUD via the Homeless Data Exchange (HDX), and is what HUD will use in the assessment process. This information is available for the total Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) beds, total McKinney-Vento funded PSH beds, and total McKinney-Vento Funded Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) beds.

Refer to the FY 2013 Approved PIT Count Data for the FY 2013 - 2014 NOFA resource for the approved Point-in-Time (PIT) count data.

Date Published: January 2014

Webinars and Virtual Trainings

Preparing for Your 2013 PIC and PIT Count Webinar

This webinar presents the new requirements for completing the 2013 HIC and the PIT counts, as well as reviews existing data collection guidance for 2013 HIC and PIT Count.

Date Published: October 2012

Preparing for Your 2013 Housing Inventory and Point-in-Time Counts with Special Attention on Veteran Program Guidance Webinar

This webinar covers the requirements for completing the 2013 HIC and the PIT count and will review data collection guidance for the Veterans Affairs funded programs.

Date Published: December 2012

2013 Reporting HIC & PIT Count Data in HDX Webinar

This webinar provides instructions on how to enter and update HIC and PIT data in the HDX.

Date Published: April 2013

2012 PIT and HIC Reporting

  

Instructions and Guidance

2012 HIC and PIT of Homeless Persons Data Collection Guidance

This document provides information to CoCs on what information to collect in order to successfully complete their 2012 HIC and PIT count.

Date Published: February 2012

2012 HIC and PIT Data Submission Guidance

This document provides information to CoCs on how to successfully submit their 2012 HIC and PIT Count data to HUD.

Date Published: March 2012

2012 PIT and HIC FAQs

This document contains frequently asked questions about the 2012 PIT count of Homeless Persons and HIC.

Date Published: January 2012

A Guide to Counting Sheltered Homeless People (Revised 2012)

This guide describes recommended methods for collecting data on sheltered homeless populations, that is, homeless persons residing in emergency shelter, transitional housing or Safe Havens.

Date Published: January 2012

Webinars and Virtual Trainings

Preparing for Your 2012 HIC and PIT Counts Webinar

This webinar presents the new requirements for completing the 2012 Housing HIC and the PIT count.

Date Published: October 2011

Preparing for Your 2012 HIC and PIT Count with Special Attention on Veteran Program Guidance Webinar

This webinar presents the new requirements for completing the 2012 HIC and the PIT count and review data collection guidance for the Veterans Affairs funded programs.

Date Published: November 2011

Reporting HIC and PIT Count Data in the Homelessness Data Exchange Webinar

This webinar demonstrates the HDX and shows communities how to enter and update their HIC and PIT count in the HDX.

Date Published: March 2012

2011 PIT and HIC Reporting

  

2011 PIT Training Materials

Guidance for Counting Veterans During the 2011 PIT Counts of Homeless People

This guidance document reviews why PIT counts are important and highlights changes to collecting veteran data in 2011.

Date Published: December 2010

Guidance for Counting Unaccompanied Homeless Children During 2011 PIT Counts of Homeless People

 This document highlights the importance of PIT counts and reviews HUD's changes to counting unaccompanied homeless children (previously called "unaccompanied youth").

Date Published: December 2010

2011 HIC Training Materials

2011 HIC Instruction Guide

This guidebook provides guidance on submitting data in the HDX for the annual Housing Inventory Count.

Date Published: March 2011