Prepare for the 2016 ‘Point-in-Time’ Count

Young people carrying notebooks and clipboards.

If your agency belongs to a continuum of care funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, then you are probably gearing up for your January “point-in-time count” of persons experiencing homelessness. Since 2013, HUD has required that continuums of care collect information on young people ages 18 to 24 during their annual count. Full details can be found in the department’s guidelines (PDF, 903 KB), but we think these points are especially interesting for 2016:

  • Homeless unaccompanied youth and parenting youth under the age of 18 are now included in the count of chronically homeless people. So are their children, if they have any.
  • The definition of chronic homelessness is different for the 2016 point-in-time count than it is for other HUD activities throughout the year. For the purpose of the January count, a chronically homeless person must meet all of the following requirements:

-Is homeless and lives in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter
-Has been homeless and continuously living or residing in one of the situations described above for at least one year, or on at least four separate occasions in the last three years for a combined total of at least 12 months
-Has a disability.

  • There is now one reporting option for youth and adults who identify as transgender, as opposed to multiple categories.
  • Demographic data for parenting youth and unaccompanied youth will be collected in separate tables, as opposed to last year when there was only one table for all youth data.
  • For the parenting youth table, demographic information will focus only on youth parents, not their children.

Learn about these changes and more in this one-hour webinar archived on the HUD Exchange. You can also read HUD’s “Point-in-Time Count Methodology Guide” or access these implementation tools.

Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.

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