Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) and Housing Inventory Count (HIC)
As January quickly approaches, we are gearing up for the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) and Housing Inventory Count (HIC). The Point-In-Time is an annual count of persons experiencing homelessness. An accurate and complete count helps involved agencies and organizations to understand the need and plan for future projects. The goal is to get complete data from all Emergency Shelters, Safe Havens, Transitional Housing, and Permanent Supportive Housing Programs in the state of Maine, as well as to capture data about unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness on the night of the count. This year’s count will occur on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. The Housing Inventory Count is done on the same night, and is a point-in-time inventory of projects within the CoC that provide beds and units dedicated to serve persons who are homeless.
HUD guidance states that CoCs should use the client data already collected and entered in the HMIS as the primary data source for the sheltered PIT count. The PIT count process will require providers to review and validate the data in the system to ensure that it reflects accurate counts and information for clients who were sheltered on the night of January 24th. In addition, HIC data related to bed inventories must be reviewed and validated through the HMIS for the same night.
We will be scheduling a webinar on HMIS PIT/HIC data reporting to train providers on the reports that should be used to do this review and validation. The webinar is strongly suggested for providers who will be reporting their PIT numbers using ServicePoint and for all HMIS Participating providers who are on the housing inventory.
The webinar : date coming soon
In preparation for the count, providers are encouraged to review existing HMIS data for accuracy and completeness.
In addition, data collection forms for the Unsheltered/Street Outreach portion of the count and for non-HMIS participating shelters, transitional housing, and safe havens can be found at: http://www.mainehomelessplanning.org
Should you have any questions, please use the help desk form on mainehmis.org.