In many CoCs, religious institutions play an important role in providing temporary residential services to homeless persons. Since the supply of beds may rotate among various religious facilities and the number of beds available on any given night may vary depending on the bed capacity of each facility, the CoC should consider the following questions when counting and reporting the beds in these types of facilities:
1. Are these beds available year-round, seasonally, or only when demand for residential services is highest (e.g., the coldest nights of the year)?
- Beds that are available year-round should be reported in the 'Year-Round' bed columns in the HIC.
- Beds that are available on a seasonal basis or are available only when demand is highest should be reported in the 'Seasonal Beds' or 'O/V Beds' columns, respectively.
- Seasonal beds are available on a continuous basis during high-demand seasons of the year (e.g., winter months).
- Overflow beds are available temporarily and sporadically during high-demand seasons of the year (e.g., a night when the temperature drops dramatically).
- Please note that seasonal or overflow/voucher beds can be reported only in the Emergency Shelter section of the HIC.
2. How many beds were available on the night of the Point-in-Time (PIT) count?
- The total number of beds reported in the HIC should be equal to the total number of beds available on the night of the PIT count. For example, if on the night of the PIT count 2 religious facilities (out of 6) were available to house homeless persons, the total number of beds reported in the HIC would be equal to the sum of beds available in those 2 facilities.