The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) issued a new 2-page fact sheet entitled Housing and School Partnership on the Point-In-Time Count. This fact sheet, geared towards a school audience, provides information about the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual Point-it-Time (PIT) count, and suggests strategies for how schools can help ensure the most comprehensive and effective count of youth experiencing homelessness.
The Importance of the PIT Count of Homeless Youth
In its Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) established the goal of preventing and ending youth homelessness in 2020. As part of its youth-focused work, USICH’s Interagency Working Group to End Youth Homelessness is looking at the best way to use multiple data sources, including HUD’s PIT count data and data collected by the U.S. Department of Education’s Education for Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY) Program, to better understand youth homelessness and the resources needed to end it. The Working Group agreed to establish the January 2017 count as the baseline PIT count year for helping to measure progress in preventing and ending youth homelessness.