The Counting Us mobile app was developed by Simtech Solutions to automate the collection of data for the annual homeless census. The app is available from both Google Play and the Apple App Store and can be taken for a test drive by registering an account and using the "setup key" of "DEMO".
Each region is provided with a unique setup key and can choose to utilize the standard HUD-compliant surveys or can choose to have the surveys customized to meet local requirements. Separate count activities can also be added to support youth counts, disaster recovery, as well as initiatives such as Project Homeless Connect with each having surveys that are tailored to their unique requirements.
Additional features available to support an automated count process include volunteer registration forms, count team management tools to aid pre-count planning, as well as tools that support the conducting of surveys in areas known to contain people experiencing homelessness while utilizing a statistically reliable sampling approach to derive accurate estimates for the remainder of the region. More details on these extra features can be found here.
Key features of the Counting Us app include: