Unsheltered Point-in-Time Count

What is the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count?

The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of people who are experiencing homelessness on one night in January. This count helps provide a snapshot of who is homeless in our community. More importantly, though, it is an opportunity to help us better understand the needs in our community so that we can advocate for resources to meet those needs and measure our progress towards ending homelessness. The PIT count counts persons who are homeless and staying in unsheltered locations and persons who are staying in shelters on the night of the PIT. The sheltered PIT count is conducted using our community's Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). The unsheltered count is conducted by finding and interviewing people who are not in a shelter on the night of the PIT.

When is the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count?

The 2018 Unsheltered PIT Count has not yet been scheduled. Please check back with us in the fall for more information.

How can I participate in the PIT?

There are several ways in which individuals or organizations may participate in the Point-in-Time count:

Donate: As our volunteers canvass the streets the night of the Count, they offer to the people they find warm weather items such as hats, gloves, and scarves along with hygiene kits. Click here for information on how to donate these types of items.

Sponsor a Street Ambassador: Street Ambassadors are individuals are are currently or formerly homeless, who assist with the unsheltered PIT. These men and women play a key role in building trust and providing peer support for people found during the count. Street Ambassadors earn a $25 cash stipend for their work on the night of the PIT. You may donate to support a Street Ambassador by clicking here.

Volunteer to Conduct Next-Day Interviews: Part of the strategy for the unsheltered count is to conduct interviews and soup kitchens or drop-in centers for the days following the count, so that we may survey additional people who were not encountered on the night of the PIT. To find out more information about volunteering with these interviews, please click here. 

Next-Day Interview Training: Training is required for prior to conducting the next-day interviews. There are several training opportunities that will take place from prior to the night of the actual PIT Count. All trainings will be in-person at HAND's offices (3701 Miracles Blvd, Suite 101, Detroit). Sign up for a training by clicking here.

Volunteer for the Unsheltered Street Count: One of the primary strategies of the unsheltered count is to canvass the streets on the last Wednesday night of January to find and survey people who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness. To be a part of these efforts, please sign up here. NOTE: Due to the nature of the unsheltered count, priority is given to volunteers who currently or historically have experience working with people experiencing homelessness, particularly people who are unsheltered. Additionally, there is limited space on the teams for the unsheltered count. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that all who sign up to participate in the unsheltered count will be able to do so.  Members from the community who have less experience working with people who are homeless, but who still want to volunteer, are encouraged to participate in the next-day interviews as described above.

Unsheltered Count Training: Training for the unsheltered count is required, even if you have volunteered for this in the past. There are several different training opportunities, including webinar and in-person training. Sign up the unsheltered count training by clicking here.