Our Pricing Model
The pricing model we use for the technical framework to support a regional point in time count is based on the size, funding and proportion of  people experiencing homelessness who are unsheltered. Please contact us if you would like a price estimate.

Return On Investment (ROI)
When considering this strategic investment, it is important to consider the administrative costs and burden of a paper-based count that impacts both the accuracy and timeliness of a final report.  San Antonio believes they cut over 200 staff hours by automating, Virginia used to have three staff spend two to three weeks entering in data, and the entire state of Connecticut is now requiring volunteers use Counting Us and not even giving paper as an option. Why?  It saves time and time is money.  Several points on the annual HUD NOFA competition are also attributed to how well the region conducts the Point in Time Count.  The press, as well as local politicians, are always clamoring for stats and figures immediately after the count.  With a real-time data dashboard it is easy to meet their needs.

What is Included?
The technical framework includes access to the Counting Us mobile app and the Point in Time Regional Command Center.  Key features of this framework include:

  • A secure data store to receive and manage surveys gathered from count volunteers;
  • Command Center access to provide management of the count in real-time;
  • Both a web-based version of the Counting Us app along with apps that can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store;
  • Ability to produce HUD-compliant Unsheltered Homeless Reports;
  • Ability to produce HUD-compliant Sheltered Homeless Report based on those surveys that were submitted through the app or web version;
  • Maps of your CoC, with defined boundaries, incorporated into the Command Center;
  • A print-friendly map which shows the exact location of where each survey was conducted;
  • An "Export Data" function to allow for data to be analyzed using other tools such as Tableau or Excel;
  • The ability to archive records for people who were served in shelters, deemed not homeless, or counted more than once;
  • Access to online training sessions, technical support materials, and our virtual help desk.
  • Virtual help desk support services throughout the night of your count. 
  • Virtual help desk assistance after the count to help ensure the accuracy of the region's report to HUD.

How Can We Pay This?
Since there will be significant cost savings from avoiding the whole "paper to spreadsheet data entry process", as well as saving the time usually spent producing the final report to HUD, we suggest looking towards whatever dollars are allocated towards these costs.  HUD community planning dollars are the most common source of funds but you may also be able to use HMIS grant awards. Private foundations, or setting up a Kickstarter campaign and announcing it on social media, are also viable options.