Every year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires jurisdictions to conduct a census and survey of persons experiencing homelessness. This Point-in-Time (PIT) count has been conducted locally by The Community Partnership (TCP) each year since 2001. The results of the PIT Count inform communities about the size and scope of the population experiencing homelessness on a given night. It is used locally to help plan for new programming to meet emerging community needs.
PIT Plus was designed as a supplemental survey to understand what led to individuals’ experience(s) of homelessness and what could have prevented those experience(s). To better understand inflow and causation among individuals experiencing homelessness (and to be able to intervene sooner), it seeks to answer questions such as:
- What caused someone to seek emergency shelter, and what could have altered that path?
- How many people are experiencing homelessness for the first time each year?
- When we see short or long breaks in service patterns, where are people going?
- Where were people living prior to experiencing homelessness in the District?
- When people arrive from outside of the District, what factors influenced their decision to seek services here?