By using the Known Locations Survey in Counting Us, you'll be able to identify locations where people experiencing homelessness are known to be staying. Count planners will be able to use that data to prioritize regions for volunteer coverage, assign count teams to those areas, and ensure that volunteer resources are being used effectively.

To learn more about using this approach for your local Count, check out this 5 minute video.

To demonstrate the simple process for using the Known Location Survey, watch this short video here.

Known Locations data can also be combined with past Point in Time Count data and other sources to identify areas of high and low probability, should your community choose to deploy a sampling and enumeration methodology for the Point in Time Count.

Why Use a Known Locations Approach Youtube Video
Recent HUD Guidance encourages Communities to use a sampling approach: "Prior to the count, CoCs will need to identify areas that have different homeless population densities and group them accordingly (these groups are referred to as strata). This may be as simple as high density areas and low density areas or may include gradations of density..... HUD recommends that CoCs work with statistical experts (e.g. university staff) to develop, implement, and analyze the count."

If your community is new to Counting Us, this short video will help your Count volunteers learn how to register for an account and quickly get started using the Known Locations Survey. The steps for creating an account, joining a count, and submitting surveys and saving drafts are shared.