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2017 PIT – HIC Forms Due February 8th.

January 30, 2017 Comments off

This is a reminder that 2017 PIT and HIC reports are due to MaineHousing, February 8th.

Emergency shelters and Transitional Housing programs are required to send a signed PIT certification to us using one of the methods listed below. All housing projects with bed inventory must review and submit a HIC form for each project and return them by the same date using one of the methods listed below.

For shelters and transitional housing projects to view and validate their data for the night of the PIT, the following steps should be taken:

-Run the “Sheltered Count and Detail PIT 2017” in ART. This report can be found in the “PIT 2017” folder located in the Public Folder
-Please review this report carefully to be sure that the information is accurate as of the date of the annual PIT Survey. This is January 24, 2017. Remember that all clients who have left the program should have appropriate exit dates.
-Once you have verified that the data is accurate, print the certification page (page 1 of the report), and sign and date it. Please send in only the certification page.

For all projects requiring a HIC form, run the Housing Inventory Chart Update report in the Housing Inventory folder of the ART Public Folder. Review and update the form and return to us. There is a guidance document in the same folder that gives detailed information on the report.

For all youth under the age of 25, fill out a youth form (orange) in addition to the other forms.

-Return the completed and signed form:

Mail to: MaineHousing, Attn: Amanda Castner, 353 Water St, Augusta ME. 04330

or

EMAIL: PIT2017@mainehousing.org

Thank you for your time and attention to the annual PIT count and Housing Inventory process.

-The HMIS Team

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2017 Youth PIT Count

December 29, 2016 Comments off
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2017 Sheltered PIT Count

December 28, 2016 Comments off
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2017 Unsheltered PIT Count

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Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) and Housing Inventory Count (HIC)

December 28, 2016 Comments off

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.

Categories: News, Point-In-Time

2017 Point-in-Time Data Collection Forms

December 27, 2016 Comments off

The annual Point-in-Time Survey takes place in late January each year. This year, the Maine Continuum of Care and the Portland Continuum of Care, with support from MaineHousing as the Collaborative Applicant and HMIS Lead Agency, will be conducting the Point-in-Time on the night of Tuesday, January 24th, 2017.

For the 2017 PIT count, data may be collected on the night of the count and on the three days following – January 25th, 26th and 27th . Data collected on the three days after the night of the count still MUST reference where the respondent was staying on the night designated for the count (January 24th).

Outreach is a critical component of the Point-in-Time. We depend upon local efforts to organize teams of volunteers to seek out and connect with those who are not staying in emergency shelters. They may be sleeping in their cars, camping out in the woods, or staying in other places that are not suitable for habitation.

These forms are provided to inform that effort and should be used by outreach groups when performing the count.

2017 PIT Unsheltered Count Form for Night of Count – this form should be used for the unsheltered/street outreach piece of the PIT on the designated PIT night of Tuesday, January 24th, 2017. The form should be used to count those persons who are staying in a place not meant for habitation on that night.

2017 PIT Unsheltered Count Form for POST-Night of Count (for January 25th, 26th and 27th) – this form should be used for the unsheltered/street outreach piece of the PIT on the 3 days following the designated PIT night. The form should be used to count those persons who were staying in a place not meant for habitation on the night of Tuesday, January 24th, 2017.

2017 Non HMIS Participating Form this form should be used by those emergency shelters, transitional housing projects, and safe havens who do not use the HMIS to record their client stays so that their client counts can be included in the PIT numbers reported to HUD.

2017 Youth PIT Count Form – this form should be used for sheltered and unsheltered  youth under the age of 25 born after 1992 in addition to the other forms and HMIS entry.

These forms can be photocopied in color (color indicated on top of form) in order to distinguish between forms and make the data collection process easier. If you would prefer to have these forms copied in color and sent to you, please contact Amanda Castner at Maine Housing (acastner@mainehousing.org).

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PIT and HIC – January 24, 2017

December 23, 2016 Comments off

This is a reminder that the annual PIT count is Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 and all data in the HMIS for residential/housing programs needs to be reviewed after Tuesday to ensure that it reflects what was true on the date of the 24th. Emergency shelters and transitional housing programs are required to send a signed certification to Maine Housing by February 8, 2017 using one of the methods listed below.

In order for shelters and transitional housing projects to view and validate their data after the night of the PIT, the following steps should be taken:

-Run the “Sheltered Count and Detail PIT 2017” in ART. This report can be found in the “PIT 2017” folder located in the Public Folder

-Please review this report carefully to be sure that the information is accurate as of the date of the annual PIT Survey, January 24, 2017. Remember that all clients who have left the program should have appropriate exit dates. If the data needs to be cleaned up, please do so, and re-run the report the following day.

-Once you have verified that the data is accurate, print the certification page (page 1 of the report), and sign and date it. Please send in only the certification page.

-Return the completed and signed form no later than Feb 8, 2017.

Mail to: MaineHousing, Attn: Amanda Castner, 353 Water Street, Augusta Maine 04330- 4633

Email: PIT2017@mainehousing.org

HIC – In addition to the PIT count, all projects must review and submit a Housing Inventory form. The HIC Form and guide can be found in ART in the Housing Inventory folder.

Thank you for your time and attention to the annual PIT count and Housing Inventory process.

-The HMIS Team

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