What is a Point in Time Count?

The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single day in January. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that Continuums of Care (CoC) conduct an annual count of people experiencing homelessness who are unsheltered, as well as sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night. Each count is planned, coordinated, and carried out locally.

As Pima County’s CoC, TPCH leads the PIT count each year, which locally is called Everyone Counts!Pima County Street Count. The data collected during Everyone Counts! delivers insight into our community’s homeless population and service gaps. It provides a snapshot of what homelessness looks like on a single night in Pima County.

Basics of the Count

The 2020 Everyone Counts!—Pima County Street Count (PIT) is scheduled for January 29, 2020, and will ask where our community members experiencing homelessness slept the prior night. Communities across the nation will be completing similar counts during the last week of January to help inform a national understanding of homelessness. During the count, 300+ trained Everyone Counts! volunteers and staff interview individuals, youth and families experiencing homelessness using a standardized survey form across Pima County.

Everyone Counts! Roles:

Team Lead- Team Leads organize and work with their assigned team to come together and survey people experiencing homelessness. Prior to the count, Team Leads survey their assigned area, attend two trainings, and communicate with their team members (Interviewers) in order to develop a plan for the morning of the count.

Interviewer- Interviewer volunteers canvas the Pima County area to survey the people they see experiencing homelessness with their team. Prior to the count, Interviewers attend training on how to identify and survey someone experiencing homelessness. They are assigned to a team led by a Team Lead volunteer and deployed to complete interviews with the people they see experiencing homelessness during the morning of the Everyone Counts!—Pima County Street Count.

Why do we Count?

The annual Everyone Counts!—Pima County Street Count advances our community’s work to prevent and end homeless by:

  • Providing an estimated number of people experiencing homelessness on any given night in Pima County. Everyone Counts! is currently our best method for determining how many people are living unsheltered in our region; those who are living in a shelter and longer-term programs are separately counted by those programs.

  • Providing data to better understand who in our community is experiencing homelessness and what service gaps exist in community systems.

  • Engaging communities to learn about the presence of homelessness, and encourage collaboration regionally to work towards ending homelessness in our community.

  • Provides an evidence base for applying for HUD funding, as completion of the PIT count is a requirement for all communities that receive HUD funding.

  • Produces a standard set of data, comparable and available nationwide. PIT count numbers are reported to Congress by HUD, are often cited in the media, and are used by our community for grant writing and community planning. Community, faith-based, and local governments all utilize this information.

Volunteer Information

Upcoming training announcements coming soon!
Interviewers must attend ONE in-person OR live webinar training session.

Register to Volunteer

We need your help! Volunteers are a critical part of the point in time count. The 2020 Everyone Counts!—Pima County Street Count (PIT) is scheduled for January 29, 2020. Please fill out the volunteer registration form below:

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Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) is CURRENTLY OFF 

Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) is Tucson's winter severe-weather emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness. ODF goes into effect when weather predictions are for overnight temperatures of 40°F or lower with rain, 35°F or lower without rain, or when wind chill factors indicate a health hazard from exposure. You do not need an ID or a TB card to participate in ODF.

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