NJ Counts 2014 is now behind us and we anticipate the release of the point in time (PIT) count report in March.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) noticed a number of inaccuracies in stories in the media across the country having to do with the PIT estimates of homeless populations and have noted five points in particular, on which journalists may sometimes want clarification.
The Alliance’s Homeless Research Institute has put together a media resource, “5 Myths about PIT Counts” and encourages you to provide it to journalists when you announce the 2014 PIT Count estimate for your community.
The 5 Myths dispelled in this new resource include:
Myth 1: Point-in-Time counts do not count every homeless person and therefore are inaccurate.
Myth 2: Other national statistics contradict the data presented in Point-in-Time counts.
Myth 3: Point-in-Time counts are meant to provide data on everyone who is homeless during a year.
Myth 4: Fluctuations in the Point-in-Time counts simply reflect fluctuations in the number of shelter beds – not in the number of homeless people.
Myth 5: If the Point-in-Time count is down, it means that there is enough affordable housing in the community.