In the greater Upper Valley region, Point-In-Time counts (PIT) counts are performed on a county-by-county basis at least once a year in January. In order to provide a more consistent and detailed, a bi-state approach with additional funding for paid staff to ensure thorough counts should be implemented. Additional funding and support would also allow for a second PIT count should be performed at a different time of year. In addition to the standard data collected, regular information on the barriers faced in accessing emergency housing will add greater context.
PIT counts are regularly performed in the greater Upper Valley region, providing important information on current conditions. PIT counts are a nationally supported strategy to track the number of people living in emergency housing, homes with supportive services, and/or places not meant for human habitation. The counts are required to indicate whether a person is living as an individual or a member of a family unit, and/or are chronically homeless.