Point-In-Time (PIT) Count Definition of Homelessness
Using the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD’s) definition of homelessness for the PIT count, Continuums of Care (CoCs) are instructed to count all adults, children in households, and unaccompanied youth who, on the night of the count, resides in one of the places described below:
- Unsheltered means that an individual or family is sleeping in a location that is not meant for human habitation: vehicles, streets, parks, sidewalks, bus stops or bus stations, abandoned buildings and tents, among other locations.
- Sheltered means that an individual or family is living in an emergency shelter, transitional and/or permanent supportive housing for homeless persons who originally came from the streets or emergency shelters.
The 2013 report highlights three key, recurring themes:
- The percentage of Chronically Homeless persons has not decreased significantly, highlighting the need for additional permanent supportive housing units
- The positive impact of shelter diversion and homeless prevention programs
- The need to sustain successes brought by federal Rapid Re-Housing funds
The goal of the PIT count is to provide a snapshot of the homeless population for Broward County and to plan programs and allocate resources to better serve the homeless. The result of new federal and private grants has increased Rapid Re-Housing intervention options which enable persons experiencing homelessness to get off the street, emergency/transitional shelters and to end their homelessness via permanent housing. However, there continues to be an unmet need of beds available for persons experiencing homelessness. This need is reflected in the housing inventory and estimated needs chart on page 19 comparing the number of beds available to unmet need.
HOMELESS INITIATIVE PARTNERSHIP (HIP) RESOURCES CHART:
- HUD Homeless CoC: $9,770,233
- Broward County: $8,202,940
- Veterans Administration: $3,200,859
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