The 2021 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count will take place on the night of Wednesday, January 27, 2021. The PIT Count is when our community comes together to survey each person experiencing sheltered or unsheltered homelessness on one night. It is also when we capture temporary and permanent housing capacity and inventory across the housing continuum. The Point-in-Time Count and Housing Inventory Count are required activities for the Continuum of Care (CoC) to receive federal homelessness funding assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).
n response to COVID-19, and in alignment with HUD guidelines described above, there are two notable changes to the 2021 Point-in-Time Count in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The first modification is that there will be no local survey questions administered during the 2021 census. Including these questions during the PIT Count requires significant in-person interaction with more than 1,000 individuals. In recognition of the fact that the data from these questions are important to local decision-making, and the desire for continuity, staff are exploring opportunities to integrate these questions into regular workflows so that this data can be both captured and shared year-round. In addition, staff are considering new, COVID-19-related impact questions that could be helpful to community decision-makers.
The second major change is that HMIS data (and not in-person surveys) will serve as the primary source for the unsheltered census count. This shift will enable Charlotte-Mecklenburg to conduct a more accurate census without risking the health of volunteers and individuals experiencing homelessness. To accomplish this, staff who are already engaged with individuals and families experiencing homelessness will complete the count. This plan, which has been shared with the CoC and approved by HUD, also reflects the input of local street outreach and PATH providers. To read the full 2021 PIT Count methodology click here.
Data from the 2021 Point-in-Time Count will be released with the 2021 State of Housing Instability & Homelessness Report in September 2021. To see the survey results from the 2020 Point-in-Time Count, please click here.