PIT and Youth Count of People Experiencing Homelessness

The Point-In-Time (PIT) Count is an annual measurement required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for nationwide data gathering purposes.

Every year, Philadelphia, with the support of hundreds of volunteers, conducts a PIT Count of all persons experiencing homelessness on the streets, in shelter, and in other temporary housing. Given the all-inclusive nature of the count, the results are used extensively on both the local and national levels to inform vital budget and planning decisions and to advocate for more resources.

The PIT Count is planned for and executed by the Office of Homeless Services, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services, Project HOME, Valley Youth House, and the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center.

Check out photos from 2020 and previous years.

2020 PIT Count and Youth Count

This year’s PIT Count began at 10:30 p.m. on the night of January 22 and concluded at 7 p.m. on the evening of January 23. This year’s count included hundreds of volunteers, many of which were adults and youth with lived experiences with homelessness. In addition, city officials, city employees, homeless service providers, and homeless advocates gathered to perform the count throughout Philadelphia.

The final tallies for the 2020 PIT Count indicate that Philadelphia’s street homelessness decreased from 2019. The 2020 street count of 958 unsheltered persons, which does not include cafes, is a two percent decrease from last year’s count. Click here to view the full 2020 PIT Count summary report.

2019 PIT Count and Youth Count

The 2019 Count, began at 10:30 p.m. on the night of January 23 and concluded at 7 p.m. on January 24.

Learn more about the results from 2019.

2018 PIT Count and Youth Count

The 2018 Count began at 10:30 p.m. on the night of January 24 and concluded at 7 p.m. on January 25.

Learn more about the results from 2018.

2017 PIT Count and Youth Count

The 2017 Count began at 10:30 p.m. on the night of January 25 and concluded at 7 p.m. on January 26.

Learn more about the results from 2017.