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Point-In-Time Count
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What is the Point in Time count?
Each year ESHC is required by HUD to conduct the Point in Time Count – The Point in Time Count (or PIT), is a national, annual census and survey of the homeless population. The information collected during the PIT is used to help assess how we are doing as a community, and as a nation, to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Not only does the PIT help us learn about the population we are trying to serve, but the reports also affect National and State funding. 

Point in Time Count Volunteer Q&A - to submit a question please email events@eshcnet.org

Q: When is the Point in Time Count?
A: As required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Point in Time Count occurs each year within the last ten days of January.

Q: I have never worked with the homeless before, can I still be a volunteer?
A: Yes! We provide training for all our volunteers 1 to 2 weeks before the PIT. Also, all the survey teams have at least one experienced surveyor. 

Q: I don't think I would be comfortable on a survey team, can I help in another way?
A: We encourage everyone to get of their comfort zone and join a survey team. It can be a life changing experience! If you are sure you do not want to be a survey volunteer you are welcome to help with the planning and coordination of the event, or help with data entry. Please sent us an email at events@eshcnet.org if you are interested in volunteering!

Q: If I volunteer as a surveyor, what will I actually be doing?
A: You will go out with a team of 3-5 people to engage people on the street. Survey teams will be given specific instructions as to what blocks/streets they will be surveying.  
Q: Where will I be going when I volunteer?
A: The PIT takes place in Duval, Clay, and Nassau Counties. You can decide where you would like to volunteer based on what works best for you! 
Clay County: Volunteers in this zone will volunteer in the afternoon from 3:00pm-5:30pm
Duval County: Most of Duval County will go out early in the morning (3:30am - 6:00am). The rural counties in Duval will go out in the afternoon (3:00pm-6:00pm)
Nassau County: There are volunteer times slots available throughout the day in Nassau County. 

Q: Why are some zones going out to survey at different times?
A: Safety first! We don't want any teams walking around in rural areas when it is dark outside.

Please see below for an overview of the 2014 Point in Time Count data. A more detailed report is currently in the works by OrgCode Consulting, and will be posted as soon at it is available. 

You can view an excel of the 2014 Point in Time Count data here


You can view the 2011 to 2014 Point in Time Count Comparison PowerPoint Here

If you would like to volunteer for next year's Point in Time Count, please send an email to evetns@eshcnet.org. For more information about being a PIT Volunteer, click here.
Summary of 2014 PIT - Counted January 24th, 2014

Increase and decrease percentages are based on comparisons between the 2013 PIT and the 2014 PIT numbers

Total counted: 2,049 Persons
o Duval County: 1,858  (1,772 downtown, 44 at the beaches, and 42 in the surrounding zones)
oClay County: 100 
oNassau County: 90 
There was a 26% decrease in homelessness 

o 242 Families were counted
o 674 Total people were in those families, including 377 children
There was a 4% increase in the number of families reported
There was an 18.8% descrease in the number of persons in families, with an 18% decrease in children

Youth - Unaccompanied minors under age 18
o 45 Youth were counted
There was a 29% increase in the number of youth counted

o 224 Veterans were counted
There was a 31% decrease in Veteran homelessness

Chronic Homelessness
o 431 Chronically homeless persons were counted
There was a 18% increase in chronic homelessness