WeAllCount (PIT)

The purpose of #WeAllCount is to collect data on the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community. The count also provides an excellent opportunity to increase awareness of homelessness and to spark action.

PIT 2021 #WeAllCount Update 

The next WeAllCount is scheduled to begin January 28, 2021. Given these unprecedented times and to ensure the safety of volunteer counters and people who are homeless during this period of extraordinary rapid community spread of COVID, HUD has approved the Regional Task Force on Homelessness’ (RTFH) request to not conduct an unsheltered Point in Time Count in 2021 (PIT). Although the unsheltered PIT will not be conducted, it is important to understand that it only represents one night during the year, and at best, is a minimum number of people in our community experiencing homelessness on that night. 

The RTFH has established Dashboards that provide a much more accurate representation of the prevalence of homelessness throughout our region, and encourage jurisdictions to use the dashboards as a resource.  Please make sure to watch the brief Dashboard Video regarding their use, and feel free to reach out to RTFH if you have any questions about them.

HUD requires that all communities conduct the Point in Time Count once every two years, and 2021 is a required year for the Count.  San Diego has historically chosen to conduct the Count annually, exceeding the federal requirement.  Given that 2021 is a required year for HUD, the sheltered count will be conducted, which documents the number of people in Emergency Shelter or Transitional Housing on the night of the Count.   As many of you may be aware, RTFH’s request to HUD for a waiver of the unsheltered 2021 PIT has been discussed in several public meetings over the past month, most recently at the RTFH Advisory Board meeting on 12/17, where the Advisory Board fully supported the request to HUD.  Among the 14 designated Continuums of Care in Southern California, 13 have been granted a waiver to the unsheltered 2021 Count (including San Diego).
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A copy of the press release regarding this announcement is available here.

Roles

WeAllCount is truly a regional effort. There are a number of roles that must be filled in order to successfully conduct and complete this required activity.

Engaged Counters – Engaged counters literally walk the streets to survey the homeless they see. Counters self-select a census tract area to survey and are deployed in teams lead by a professional outreach worker from a specific count site during the morning of WeAllCount. For more detailed information, download flyer.

Shelter Interviewers – Shelter interviewers will interview homeless individuals who slept unsheltered during the night of WeAllCount in different shelters around the region. For more detailed information, download flyer.

Communications – Spreading the word about WeAllCount is critical. It is how we find volunteers to help conduct the count as well as alert homeless persons to the event as well.

Donations – The PITC is an unfunded federal mandate and requires a significant amount of resources to complete. If you are unable to physically participate in one of the roles above, or would like to help in addition to volunteering, please consider making a donation to support this important regional effort. To make a donation, click here.

Data Requests – Most of the data from the WeAllCount is published in the online reports. If you have a specific question about methodology or subpopulation please email PITC@rtfhsd.org.

Training

Engaged Counter Training – View the YouTube Video.

Coordinator Training – Coordinator training is not open to the public. To learn more please email PITC@rtfhsd.org.

Survey Tools

The Counting Us App has been helping other regions conduct the annual HUD homeless count. With the ability to customize the questions to suit San Diego County we can gather the information that we need about people experiencing homelessness in real time.

The Regional Task Force on Homelessness is excited be using the Counting Us App. The Counting Us App was designed by Simtech Solutions. It is a monitoring and evaluation tool developed with the primary purpose of supporting communities with the annual Point in Time (PIT) homeless census.

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