2014 HUD PIT Count

What is the “PIT Count?”

The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. HUD requires that Continuums of Care (CoCs) conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night. Continuums of Care also must conduct a count of unsheltered homeless persons every year. Each count is planned, coordinated, and carried out locally. The Housing Inventory Count (HIC) is a point-in-time inventory of provider programs within a Continuum of Care that provide beds and units dedicated to serve persons who are homeless, categorized by five Program Types: Emergency Shelter; Transitional Housing; Rapid Re-housing; Safe Haven; and Permanent Supportive Housing.

How Does it Work?

Local Continuums of Care designate a Count Coordinator to oversee the coordination of the count on the CoC level. That volunteer is responsible for recruiting County Coordinators, who oversee the count on the county level. County Coordinators then recruit volunteers to assist with the actual count on a county by county basis. Over the course of one week, volunteers make outreach efforts to engage persons experiencing housing difficulties. Consenting persons are then interviewed on a case by case basis to determine if they meet the HUD definition for homelessness.

When is the PIT Count?

In South Carolina the 2014 PIT Count will begin on Thursday January 23, 2014 and carry through the following week until January 30, 2014. Volunteers will be asking participating persons where they stayed on the night of January 23rd.

How Can I Volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering for the count, please use our contact form found here: Contact Us

Let us know if you’ve counted before in the past and if you are willing to lead a count team.


For CoC Coordinators, County Coordinators, and volunteers the following resources are available to assist in the planning and implementation of the count.

2014 PIT Count Form

2014 County Coordinator Manual

Count Planning Tool


2014 PIT Locations BLANK

Lowcountry–> Volunteer Release Form

PIT Count 2014 Budget-FINAL

Point-In-Time Count 2014 reimbursement form-FINAL

List of Shelters from HIC

PIT Volunteer Training Powerpoint

Richland County 2014 Homeless Point-in-Time Count Training (12.17.2013)

HIC survey for non-participating agencies

Train the Trainer Powerpoint

Count Form Tutorial Video

County Coordinator Strategy Guide

Point In Time Consent Form

2014 PIT Spanish Count Form