Every year local agencies and organizations conduct a count to determine the extent of homelessness in their community. The Point-in-Time (PIT) count aims to provide a snapshot of the individuals and families experiencing homelessness in a geographical area, over the course of one night. Communities will count people who are:
Volunteers will conduct surveys of people experiencing homelessness. Depending on your community you may provide information during your shift related to resources and/or this data may be used for service providers to go back out after the count to connect unhoused neighbors to resources. Prior to the count, volunteers will be assigned a shift time as well as a list of locations to survey at. Each community will have their own sign-up process to select shift times.
Each volunteer is expected to complete a training and your local PIT Lead will inform you of which training method they will be using. Most trainings are no more than an hour and will provide information related to who and where to count, how to use the mobile app, and any specific local information you will need to know.
To access general PIT count resources, you can go to the Texas Homeless Network website at:
You can also contact the Data Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 861-2192.