Point In Time Count - January 25-26
The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count provides an annual count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons. Teams of volunteers canvass Travis County to count homeless men, women and children on the streets, under highway bridges and in camps. This count is a vital component in assessing the well being of Austin area’s homeless population and in securing the greatest level of funding the federal government will allot Travis County’s homeless service providers.
- Friday, January 25th from 3 -8 pm furthest parts of the county
- Friday, January 25th from 5 - 10 pm immediate rural/suburban/urban areas
- Saturday, January 26th from 3 - 7 am downtown/urban areas
Want to participate? Click on Volunteer Registration.
Volunteers are asked to attend a training session. Sessions are scheduled for the following dates:
- Saturday, January 12th from noon to 2 pm
- Wednesday, January 23rd from 6 - 8 pm
Both training sessions will be held at St. Martin's Lutheran Church - 606 West 15th Street.
The team leaders will be experienced count volunteers who have participated in the past. Often, they are case managers who work for social service agencies and know the city well. The Team Leader helps navigate around the assigned map area and keeps track of areas that have been canvassed. S/he also tallies information and returns forms to appropriate personnel at the end of the evening.
Surface teams generally consist of four or more members, including community volunteers and service provider staff members. Volunteers observe and count homeless individuals within a defined area of Travis County. The size of each area varies. The downtown areas are usually several blocks, while the outlying areas of Travis County are a few square miles. Volunteers observe unsheltered homeless individuals and record the number, gender and age group of those counted. The counters decide who to classify as homeless and will receive manuals at in-person training sessions in January. At least one counter on each team will be a service provider or formerly homeless person who is familiar with the area being canvassing. The team leader will have information about resources available to help the homeless should the occasion to distribute items arise. S/he will also assist the team in locating areas where the homeless may congregate.
The Coalition will provide awareness training and assign volunteers to areas they know well if possible. All teams will receive a map, with grid, to follow as well as a clipboard, pencils, highlighter, flashlights and all necessary forms.
Volunteers will interview one in three individuals to gain a representative sample of special populations (chronically homeless, veterans, etc). They will also provide the homeless individuals who engage in interviews with pre-assembled basic needs kits.
The 2012 PIT Results are available on our CoC Reports