Mecklenburg County Community Support Services and the City of Charlotte Housing & Neighborhood Services are managing the work of the 2018 Point-in-Time Count and Housing Inventory Count. Information about activities associated with the Point-in-Time Count and Housing Inventory Count will be updated through this page.
What is the Point-in-Time Count (PIT)?
An unduplicated one-night estimate of sheltered and unsheltered homeless populations. The Point-in-Time Count provides the number and characteristics of people who are homeless on the night of the count. Sheltered means that a person was in emergency shelter or transitional housing on the night of the count. Unsheltered means that a person was on the street or in some other place unfit for human habitation on the night of the count.
What is the Housing Inventory Count (HIC)?
A report on the capacity to house people who are homeless or formerly homeless. The HIC is completed on the same night of the PIT and provides 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.
Why do we complete the Point-in-Time Count & Housing Inventory Count?
Communities who receive federal Continuum of Care (CoC) dollars are required to complete the sheltered count every year and the unsheltered count every two years, but many communities like Charlotte-Mecklenburg choose to complete both counts every year. The required information is sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and combined with count information from other communities and then reported to the United States Congress in order to inform policy-making and funding allocation.
Communities can also learn valuable information from their PIT and HIC data. 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.
When is the 2018 Point-in-Time Count & Housing Inventory Count?
People will be counted as homeless if they slept in an emergency shelter, transitional housing facility or unsheltered location on the night of Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
What does the 2018 Point-in-Time Count & Housing Inventory Count process look like?
The 2017 to 2018 Point-in-Time Count Task Outline describes the activities and timelines for the work that goes into the planning, execution and reporting phases of the PIT & HIC. As activities are completed, new information will be added below to help you keep track of the process from beginning to end.