Point in Time Count 2022

JANUARY 26, 2022


One of the responsibilities of the CoC is to conduct the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC). These important data collections help us to understand the current supply of units and utilization of shelters and transitional housing projects in the community at a given point in time. The information is submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and helps the federal government track nationwide progress on goals to end homelessness. National PIT data are reported to Congress in the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR).

The PIT and HIC occur each year during the last 10 days of January. The PIT includes a count of unsheltered individuals and a count of sheltered and transitionally housed families and individuals, and the HIC is a count of occupied and vacant shelter and transitional units. Municipal and program staff complete the count of sheltered persons and units for the sheltered portion of the PIT and the HIC.


The Team Leader is essential to the success of Street Count.  Team Leaders will ideally be individuals who have prior experience working with people who are homeless, and have the ability to recruit, train, motivate and lead a team of people who are committed to an accurate and thorough count.

If you are a NEW team leader you are REQUIRED to watch a training webinar and sign off on a waiver indicating you watched the webinar and are able to guide your team through PIT night. RETURNING and NEW Team Leaders are REQUIRED to watch the Data Collection Training webinar and sign off on a waiver indicating you watched the webinar, as it has changed from previous years.

NEW Team Leader Training Video

New Team Leader Training Video Waiver

Please contact Ashley at aburton-alliance@oaklandhomeless.org for more information.

PIT Data Collection Training

PIT Data Collection Waiver

Sample PIT Data Collection Form 

Please contact Audrey at awhite-alliance@oaklandhomeless.org for more information

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Pre-Count Responsibilities

  • Recruit 3-4 responsible and conscientious volunteers to serve on the Leader’s count team.This group includes one individual to serve as the Alternate Team Leader, and one alternate team member who will be trained and available the night of the count in case other members are unable to attend.

  • Attend one of the required Team Leader training sessions in January.

  • Develop a full understanding of all count procedures, forms, and team member roles.

  • Motivate all team members to be full participants in training while building enthusiasm for a thorough and accurate count.

  • Tour and become familiar with the team’s assigned study area in advance of the count date.

Count Night Responsibilities

  • Act as a resource for the team members during the count


  • Direct the count activities of all team members


  • Motivate and lead by example to achieve an accurate and thorough count in the assigned study area


  • Gather surveys and tally sheets at the end of the evening and return them to the deployment center


  • Emphasize safety to all team members throughout the evening and maintain an awareness of where all team members are located at all times


  • Ensure that all team members return to the Deployment Center and sign out


Volunteers will meet at one of the two deployment centers and go to mapped areas of the county where people who are homeless are known to stay and collect data related to the Count directly from the individuals who are homeless. Team Members are part of a team that a Team Leader puts together.

You must know who your Team Leader is when you sign up as a Team Member.

Count Night Responsibilities

  • Volunteers are asked to commit their time on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 7:00PM - 11:00PM

  • Volunteers are to go out to the streets and count the unsheltered individuals that are experiencing homelessness.

  • Approaching everyone you meet on the street (regardless of their appearance).

  • Identifying yourself as a volunteer doing a survey on housing.

  • Seeking explicit consent from all potential survey participants.

  • Asking the survey questions as written.

  • Maintaining the confidentiality of survey participants

  • Staying with your assigned team

  • Surveying only in your designated map zone or facility

  • Reporting concerns to your Team Leader and/or deployment site, including instances where survey participants appear distressed or in harm’s way

  • Arriving at headquarters at the beginning and the end of your shift.