HUD has published the Notice for Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) Data Collection for Continuums of Care (CoCs), which informs CoCs of information that must be collected in order to successfully complete the 2017 HIC and PIT counts.
The PIT count has been an extremely helpful way of seeing progress nationally. For the past few years, there have been extra efforts to understand how to better count youth experiencing homelessness. HUD has seen wonderful efforts to collaborate with key youth stakeholders – often including youth directly in the process – to better count homeless youth. HUD, in partnership with other federal partners like the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the Department of Education (ED), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), plan on using 2017 as the baseline year for tracking efforts to end homelessness among youth on the streets and in sheltered situations. This data, along with other helpful data sources, will be key to tracking our progress to prevent and end youth homelessness.
- HUD removed the DEM project type, associated with projects funded under HUD’s Rapid Rehousing Demonstration Program, because this designation is no longer necessary.
- HUD is expanding the McKinney-Vento funding question from a “Yes” or “No” question to require CoCs to identify the funding sources, consistent with the HMIS Project Descriptor Data Element 2.6, Federal Partner Funding Source.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) designates a limited number of its Grant and Per Diem (GPD) projects as “Transition in Place” (TIP) projects. For 2017, the VA has clarified that CoCs should report the beds and units associated with the GPD TIP projects under the “Other Permanent Housing” (OPH) project type. Because the GPD TIP beds and units are reported under the OPH project type, persons in those beds and units will not be included in the CoC’s sheltered PIT count.
- HUD has clarified that when reporting beds dedicated for youth, CoCs should also include beds dedicated for members of a youth headed household (i.e., the children of parenting youth). This is similar to reporting dedicated beds for people who are chronically homeless and veterans, which should include beds dedicated for other members of a chronically homeless or veteran household.
- HUD has created a new field called “Housing Type” that combined the Transitional Housing (TH) Unit Type field and the scattered site field from the address section of the HIC. In this field CoCs will indicate whether the project is:
- Site-based – single site
- Site-based – clustered / multiple sites
PIT Count Changes
- HUD convened a team of experts regarding the most appropriate ways to collect data on gender identity. As a result, HUD is expanding the gender identity options in the PIT count to include an additional gender option – “Don’t identify as male, female, or transgender.”
- HUD is requiring CoCs to report persons experiencing chronic homelessness by household type – persons in households with at least one adult and one child, persons in households without children, and persons in households with only children. For this reason, HUD will not require CoCs to report persons who are experiencing chronic homelessness under the subpopulations section of HDX.
- HUD is clarifying that when reporting on any chronically homeless households – whether or not there are children – if one member of the household qualifies as chronically homeless, then all persons in the household should be counted as chronically homeless.
Additional HIC and PIT Resources
- PIT and HIC Guides, Tools, and Webinars Page: This is a one-stop site where communities can access all of HUD’s guidance on how to plan and implement their PIT counts. The resources include the annual notice, the PIT Count Methodology Guide, survey tool resources, implementation resources, etc.
- Preparing for Your 2017 Housing Inventory and Point-in-Time Counts Webinar: HUD will provide a webinar in the fall that will highlight new requirements and data collection guidance for the 2017 HIC and PIT counts and allow communities to ask questions. HUD will send a listserv with registration information prior to the webinar.
Questions about the HIC or PIT?
If you have questions about entering HIC or PIT data that are not covered in this Notice, please submit them to the HDX Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the HDX AAQ portal, select “HDX: Homelessness Data Exchange” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.