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.
To view Philadelphia CoC Homeless Populations and Subpopulations Reports from previous years visit the HUD Exchange platform online.
2021 PIT Count and Youth Count
The 2021 PIT Count took place on January 27 and ended on January 28. More than 150 volunteers safely participated. Many volunteers were adults and youth with lived experiences with homelessness.
Learn more about the results from 2021.
2020 PIT Count and Youth Count
This 2020 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.
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.
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.