What is the Point in Time Count?
Every year, during the last 10 days of January, more than 400 Continuums of Care (CoC), covering over 3,000 cities and counties across the country organize tens of thousands of volunteers in a national effort to measure the scale of homelessness in the United States.
These counts reveal the number of homeless persons in our shelters and on our streets at a single point-in-time. These one-night snapshot counts also provide local planners with data they need to understand the number and characteristics of persons who are homeless so they, in turn, can develop a thoughtful response.
This effort allows communities to find out not just how many people are homeless, but who is homeless and more importantly, why they are homeless. Being able to answer these important questions is critical in our mission to end homelessness.
To see PIT Count reports from previous years,
When is the Count?
The annual Point in Time Count takes place on a single night in January every year.
The next PIT Count is scheduled for January 25th, 2018.
To learn more about previous PIT Counts,
Where is the Count?
Volunteers for all counts will meet at TriPoint – A Center for Life
& disperse from that location.
Due to Bexar County’s large geographic area, 2 separate counts are conducted at different times on the day of the count.
The City-wide Count: (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
The city-wide count covers San Antonio and Bexar County outside of downtown
The Downtown Count: (9:00 pm – 12:00 am)
The downtown Count covers the downtown area only
How can I help?
Register with your friends to be a part of the 450 volunteers needed in the San Antonio / Bexar County for the 2018 Point in Time Count!
Volunteers are instrumental in San Antonio’s ability to carry out a successful count each year. Volunteers are asked to complete a required online training, participate in an unsheltered count on a team of 3-4 people and talk with persons experiencing homelessness and conduct a survey that helps SARAH to better understand the scope of unsheltered homelessness in San Antonio / Bexar County at a single point in time ( January 25, 2018).
What if I can’t volunteer time for the 2018 PIT Count?
That’s okay! There are other ways to show your support! We are accepting monetary donations to help cover some of the logistical costs it requires to conduct a successful PIT Count.
If you would like to donate, Click here
SARAH is seeking 55 PIT Count Team Leads to volunteer for the 2018 Count.
- Help coordinate a group of general volunteers for the unsheltered count
- Serve as a liaison between the volunteer team and SARAH staff
- Lead the scouting of a defined area of San Antonio / Bexar County to identity where people may be sleeping in places not meant for human habitation
- Talk persons experiencing homelessness and conduct a survey, using a mobile app, that helps SARAH better understand the scope and needs of the unsheltered homeless population in our community
Count Preparation: 1 hour of face-to-face training (1 week prior to count) and 1/2 hour of online training
Day of Count: Approximately 5 hours
To register to be a Team Lead,
SARAH is seeking 450 PIT Count General Volunteers for the 2018 Count.
- Volunteers are asked to complete an online required training
- Participate in an unsheltered count on a team of no less than 3 people (supported by a Team Lead)
- Talk with persons experiencing homelessness and conduct a survey, using a mobile app, that helps SARAH to better understand the scope and needs the of unsheltered homeless population in our community
Count Preparation: Approximately 30 minutes of mandatory online training
(Safety awareness and mobile application training)
Day of Count: Approximately 5 hours