January 12, 2018 1:26 pm

Every year, Mecklenburg County Community Support Services and the City of Charlotte Housing & Neighborhood Services manage a comprehensive count and survey of our homeless population. This year the Point-in-Time Count (PIT) will begin in the evening of January 31 and will run through the afternoon of February 1.

In addition to gathering annual data on the number of the county’s sheltered and unsheltered population, knowing the number and nature of people who are homeless and understanding the trends can help communities better understand the scope of the problem, improve system efficiency, target scarce resources strategically, and promote effective interventions. 

In addition to the PIT, the Homeless Inventory Count (HIC) is completed on the same night providing information on the number of beds and units available to house people who are homeless on the night of the count. It also provides the number of beds and units for permanent housing, including rapid re-housing, other permanent housing and permanent supportive housing. Definitions for these terms are found here.

The scale and scope of making an unduplicated, one-night estimate of our sheltered and unsheltered homeless populations requires a massive effort from the city and county, and also by volunteers from houses of faith, civic organizations and individual community members.

If your schedule allows, please consider joining us by signing up to be a volunteer here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/409054aacae2eabfc1-2018 

Click here for more information about the 2018 Point-in-Time Count

Click here to read the 2017 Point-in-Time Count Report

Click here to interact with the 2017 Point-in-Time Count data on the Housing & Homelessness Dashboard