2022 Point-in-Time Count
Every two years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that all communities receiving federal funding for homelessness services conduct a Point-in-Time (PIT) Count of people experiencing homelessness. The PIT Count is the primary source of nationwide data on homelessness and identifies people living in unsheltered and sheltered settings.
Locally, volunteers walk or drive routes covering the entire geography of San Francisco to observe and count individuals experiencing homelessness on a single night in January. Information is also collected from all emergency shelters and transitional housing sites.
This information is used for strategic planning and program design. The PIT Count results impact funding and improve our understanding of the size and characteristics of our homeless population.