All Continuums of Care (CoC) are required to conduct a PIT Count and HIC of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons during the last ten days in January 2013. New Jersey will be holding the count on Wednesday January 30, 2013.
Among the PIT Changes are:
CoCs will be required to report on the number of persons in each household type by age category (under age 18, age 18 to 24, and over age 24). CoCs will also be required to report both the number of one-child households and the number of multi-child households in the household type “Households with Only Children.”
CoCs will no longer be required to collect and report on the number of unaccompanied children as a subpopulation. That data will now be captured in the population counts, per the paragraph above.
CoCs will be required to report on the number of sheltered and unsheltered persons in each of the following subpopulation categories: chronically homeless individuals; chronically homeless families; Veterans; severely mentally ill; chronic substance abuse; and persons with HIV/AIDS. Reporting on the number of sheltered and unsheltered victims of domestic violence will be optional.
CoCs will be required to report the number of sheltered and unsheltered female Veterans enumerated in the PIT count.
CoCs will be required to report and explain the PIT counting methodologies used for sheltered counts (survey, HMIS extrapolation, other) and unsheltered counts (public place count, service-based count, observation, interview, sampling).
It is important for CoC’s to review this guidance, as there have been changes to the PIT and HIC this year to ensure they are capturing the correct information.