Going Mobile with the Point in Time Homeless Census

The annual Point in Time (PIT) Homeless Census is a national endeavor to quantify the extent of homelessness in the United States.  Despite the advances of mobile technology, many regions are still sending count volunteers out with clipboards and stacks of paper survey forms.  This site provides Count Administrators with simple step-by-step guidance on how to ditch the paper and automate all aspects of the point in time count.

Going Mobile with the Point in Time Homeless Census

The annual Point in Time (PIT) Homeless Census is a national endeavor to quantify the extent of homelessness in the United States.  Despite the advances of mobile technology, many regions are still sending count volunteers out with clipboards and stacks of paper survey forms.  This site provides Count Administrators with simple step-by-step guidance on how to ditch the paper and automate all aspects of the point in time count.

How does it work?

Survey data is gathered from count volunteers who have installed the Counting Us app from the App Store or Google Play.  This data is posted to the Regional Command Center where count administrators can monitor the annual homeless census in real-time. 

What is the Point in Time Count?

Held during the last week of January, the annual Point in Time (PIT) count is an integral component in the quest to understand the scope of homelessness in the United States. Regions used to have no other option but to send volunteers out into the streets armed with clipboards and paper.  Now there is a better way...

Getting Started

Point in Time (PIT) count administrators simply need to Sign Up in order to get a "Set Up" key established for their region by Simtech Solutions staff.  Once set up, count volunteers simply download the app from either Google Play or the App Store, register an account, and enter in the unique Set Up key in order to get started. This is a turnkey technical solution for the 2016 PIT!

Support and Training

Simtech Solutions is available to provide both virtual and onsite training on the usage of both the Counting Us app and the Regional Command Center that has been built to receive data from the app. There are also FAQs found here and an online support forum to provide further assistance.