Point-in-Time Count

 What is the Point-In-time 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. It is also an 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 Unsheltered PIT Count?

The 2019 Unsheltered PIT Count is happening on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. The count will take place from 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM, although volunteers will begin to gather by 8:00 PM at the Count Headquarters (the NSO Bell Bulding, 882 Oakman Blvd).

How Can I Participate in the PIT Count?

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

Sponsor a Street Ambassador: Street Ambassadors are individuals who 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.

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 times.

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. Information on volunteering for next-day interviews will be available in early January.  

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: Sign up for training for the unsheltered street count here.

Past PIT Count Data

Full reports of the number of persons counted in past PIT counts may be found here. Additionally, the map below reflects data from the 2017 and 2018 unsheltered PIT counts and next day interview locations in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. The map reflects the locations where people were engaged during those counts.

Select >> symbol for legend. Click a point on the map for more detail.