A Point-in-Time (PiT) is an enumeration method that seeks to identify the number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night at a specific point in time. PiT Count is required by all Reaching Home Communities under Canada’s National Homelessness Strategy and is conducted every two years before April 30. The two primary components of the event are;
- To count (enumerate) the number of individuals experiencing homelessness on a single night; and
- To administer a survey to the homeless population to better understand their stories, experiences, and needs
All communities use a similar PiT approach which includes a core set of survey questions. A consistent methodology is encouraged and helps guide communities to collect data unbiased and non-judgmental. Information gathered through the PiT is anonymous and cannot be traced back to the respondents.