Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved the Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care to opt out of the unsheltered Point In Time (PIT) Homeless Count for 2021. We made this decision based on the guidance we received from HUD, the feedback we collected from the majority of the PIT municipality coordinators, and homeless outreach teams in the region. Due to the fact that COVID-19 cases are increasing in our region combined with the health and safety concerns among folks experiencing homelessness as well as the volunteers and staff that it takes to conduct the count being at risk, keeping everyone safe is our main concern. Please reach out to Sarah Kent with any questions.
Why a Point-In-Time Homeless Count?
The PIT Count is an effort to learn more about the individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County. It serves as a one-night snapshot of homelessness in the region. To accomplish community goals and make a difference in the lives of people experiencing homelessness, we need to know who they are, where they are, and understand the factors that led to their homelessness. Every January, volunteers and outreach teams from local communities collaborate to survey and count the number of homeless persons in their respective locations. With the information provided by the PIT Count, the Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care and local communities can determine how best to address homelessness. The data gathered in the count can be used to measure progress and advocate for additional resources.
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