Technical Solutions to Respond to COVID-19

The need for expanded screening and a protocol for how to triage people is expressed well in this article from San Francisco. To address this, Simtech Solutions refined the tech designed for the HUD Point in Time homeless count and used to respond to disasters such as hurricane Harvey, to support a coordinated local response.  Click here to learn more.

Better Tech Helps You to Help Others Better

Counting Us is helping regions conduct the annual HUD homeless count and so much more! With the ability to customize questions, you can gather the information that you need - whether  recovering from a natural disaster, conducting a youth count, or simply want additional information about people experiencing homelessness. 

Going Mobile for the Point in Time Homeless Census

Some regions still conduct the annual "Point in Time" homeless census by sending count volunteers out with clipboards and paper surveys forms, which in turn have to be keyed into a spreadsheet to derive the final counts.  This tech automates the entire process while improving the accuracy of the counts.  

More Accurate Point in Time Counts with Less Work

A paper-based count can be an extremely time consuming endeavor that is prone to error.  The Counting Us app, and the Regional Command Center, simplifies the process and helps ensure the counts are accurate.

Technical Solutions to Respond to COVID-19

The need for expanded screening and a protocol for how to triage people is expressed well in this article from San Francisco. To address this, Simtech Solutions refined the tech designed for the HUD Point in Time homeless count and used to respond to disasters such as hurricane Harvey, to support a coordinated local response.  Click here to learn more.

Download the Counting Us Mobile App

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. Watch this brief video to learn more.

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. 

Getting Started

Contact Us if you would like a personal demo, have questions, or would like to sign up for our services. Once an agreement is in place, your region will be provided a unique code which count volunteers will enter into the Counting Us app after they register an account.  That's it!  You can also try it out now by downloading the app and using the set up key of "DEMO".  

Support and Training

Simtech Solutions is available to provide virtual and/or onsite training on the usage of 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 our virtual help desk is ready to answer any questions that may arise before or during the count. 


Counting Us Features and Services

Customizable Surveys

HUD PIT Report

Sheltered Surveys

Geospatial Reporting

Count Management Tools

Count Admin Training

Data Quality Monitoring

Live HelpDesk Support

Guides & Videos for Volunteers

Identify Duplicate Responses

Edit Data Within the Command Center

Response Filtering and Tagging

Spanish Surveys

Separate Youth Survey

Conditional Survey Logic

 

Detailed information about the advantages of our mobile app

 

To see your community's homeless trends, check out our
National Homelessness Dashboard!