Point-in-Time Counts

Summary

Point-in-Time (PiT) Counts are coordinated community efforts to enumerate (or count) the homeless population in a given community at a given time. PiT Counts provide important evidence informing resources needed, as well as painting a picture of change over time. 

Guidance on conducting a point-in-time count can be found in the Guide to Point-in-Time Counts in Canada: 3rd Edition. The guide, released by Employment and Social Development Canada covers the national methodology developed in consultation with communities with PiT count experience and other experts from across Canada. The guide describes the methodological standards for participating in the nationally-coordinated counts, including the includes the core screening and survey questions that are asked in communities across the country.

For further guidance in implementing a count, consult the Point-in-Time Count Toolkit on the Homeless Hub. The Toolkit provides more details on key considerations to help plan and implement a count. Throughout this toolkit we have also linked to the resources and tools available as of May 2017. As more resources are developed and shared by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and participating communities, we will update the Point-in-Time Count Resource Directory. It also includes links to templates and tools that can be found on the Learning Hub resources below. 

This collection of resources provides basic information on how to coordinate a PiT Count.

There are four resources: 

  1. Point-in-Time Count Planning 
  2. Point-in-Time Count Preparation 
  3. Point-in-Time Count Implementation 
  4. Point-in-Time Count – Post Count
Target audience
Frontline staff
Managerial staff