Term: Point-in-Time Count

The Point-in-Time Count is a biennial census of people who are experiencing homelessness, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, on a single night in January. The count includes people who are in emergency shelters and those who are unsheltered. The unsheltered count is taken by hundreds of volunteers who are strategically deployed county-wide to count people living on the street and where possibile, conduct a field interview to capture a variety of data related to their circumstances. Sacramento Steps Forward partners with Sacramento State University’s Institute for Social Research, who authors the final report complete with their statistical analysis of the results.