Self-Paced Online Training

HUD sponsored

Point-in-Time (PIT) Count Standards and Methodologies Training


The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness that HUD requires each Continuum of Care (CoC) nationwide to conduct in the last 10 days of January each year. Detailed requirements for the PIT count and the Housing Inventory Count (HIC) can be found in the data collection Notice that HUD releases and posts on the HUD Exchange annually.

To support communities' PIT count data collection, analysis, and reporting efforts, HUD released the PIT Count Methodology Guide in September 2014. This guide is meant to assist all CoCs in developing, planning, and implementing a PIT count process for collecting high-quality data on the number and characteristics of all sheltered and unsheltered homeless people within their CoC geography. The PIT Count Methodology Guide also defines the 14 PIT count minimum standards to ensure that CoCs across the country conduct consistent and accurate PIT counts.

This online training is not meant to provide a thorough understanding of the PIT count requirements, nor of the PIT count minimum standards. Rather, it acts as an introduction to these concepts. Please be sure that people responsible for planning the PIT count in your CoC thoroughly review the PIT Count Methodology Guide, including the PIT count standards, to ensure a full understanding of HUD's expectations for planning, implementing, and reporting on the PIT count.

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PIT Count Standards and Methodologies

This training is intended for anyone involved in planning and implementing the PIT count. Participants can expect to gain an understanding of key concepts including:

  • HUD's PIT count minimum standards
  • PIT Count Methodology Guide and its supplementary tools
  • Approved methodologies for conducting sheltered and unsheltered PIT counts

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)


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