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2021 PIT Count Updates

Unsheltered PIT Count—Waived / HIC Count—Jan. 24th, 2021

Conducted by most CoCs during the last ten days of the month of January, The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is a HUD-mandated assessment that provides a snapshot of the number of people experiencing sheltered and unsheltered homelessness in a community on a given night. Results from the count allow communities and the federal government to better understand the nature and extent of homelessness—and help inform policy and planning efforts at the local, state, and national levels. 

Historically, Baltimore City Continuum of Care has been a strong participant in the PIT Count, which has been conducted annually by the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (Previously the Mayor’s Office of Human Services).

2021 Unsheltered PIT Count — Waived 

Due to challenges created by COVID-19 and for the safety of all members of our community, Baltimore City will not conduct the unsheltered PIT Count this year. Baltimore City Continuum of Care has been granted a complete exemption from the January 2021 Unsheltered PIT Count by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). More information about HUD’s guidance, which allows CoCs to request exceptions from unsheltered PIT Count requirements for January 2021 can be found here. In lieu of the PIT Count, we will review street outreach data to understand changes in the unsheltered population.

2021 Sheltered Housing Inventory Count (HIC)
Sunday, January 24th, 2021

The Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) is happy to announce that Baltimore City's annual Sheltered Housing Inventory Count (HIC) will take place on Sunday, January 24th, 2021.  

The Housing Inventory Count (HIC) is an annual point-in-time inventory of housing programs within a Continuum of Care that reports the number of beds and units available on the night designated for the count; categorized by the following five Program Types: Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Rapid Re-housing, Safe Haven, and Permanent Supportive Housing. This includes beds dedicated to serve persons who are experiencing homelessness and persons in housing programs such as permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing. 

Reports from Baltimore City’s previous PIT counts can be found online.

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