Point in Time Count

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Across the nation, each Continuum of Care (CoC) is responsible for planning and conducting a Point in Time Count (PIT) of people experiencing homelessness in their community, as required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This count is conducted annually during the last 10 days in January and represent all homeless persons who were sheltered and unsheltered on a single night during that period. This data is used to measure homelessness on a local and national level and is published annually on HUD’s HUD Exchange website, which can be viewed by CoCs and the general public.  

Point in Time Count 2022

The Northern Nevada 2022 Point in Time Count was conducted on February 24th, 2022. Though the count is annually conducted in January, our PIT was delayed due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the area. Below please find the data for this year: 

Results
1,605 Total person counted
10.3% Decrease compared to 2021 PIT Count
30.3% Increase compared to 2020 PIT Count
 
Gender breakdown of people experiencing homelessness
(from those who provided a response)

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The graph below outlines sheltered and unsheltered data from
2015-2022 

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Trend Analysis - The trends seen are likely due to three main reasons:
  1. The capacity for emergency shelter beds has significantly increased, partly due to an increase capacity at the Nevada Cares Campus from 369 beds to 604 beds.
  2. The PIT was conducted on one of the coldest nights of the year when many unsheltered people seek access to emergency shelter. (An additional 52 emergency shelter cots were available at the Nevada Cares Campus during the time of the count.)
  3. In 2021, unsheltered encampments were larger and more established as a result of COVID related reductions on enforcement activities.
 
To view additional PIT data from 2016-2022, please click here
To view City of Reno PIT data from 2021, please click here

 

Additional Information 

If you are interested in additional information on Point in Time Count (PIT) , please contact Washoe County Housing and Homeless Services at: RegionalHomelessServices@washoecounty.gov