National Point-In-Time Count Provides Insight on Homelessness

Volunteers joined community organizations and homelessness experts nationwide in January to conduct the annual Point-in-Time Count (PITC) of people experiencing sheltered and unsheltered homelessness.  The PITC, which is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), provides regional Continuums of Care with a snapshot of who is homeless so that communities can better understand and serve them. The PITC also raises public awareness of the challenges affecting people who are homeless.

In the last few years, HUD has worked with the Continuums of Care to improve the accuracy of the PITC, which takes place nationwide during the last 10 days of January. HUD uses the PITC data to inform decisions about how it funds nonprofit providers, and state and local governments, to prevent and end homelessness.

In San Diego, several members of the LDC team joined volunteers from across the County to support the Regional Task Force on the Homeless’ efforts to get an accurate count of the homeless population living in downtown San Diego. This year, the LDC team concentrated its efforts in downtown San Diego, where a high concentration of people live unsheltered. Not only did the experience serve as a reminder that no one sets out to become homeless, it also re-affirmed our resolve as a firm to help and promote the work of communities seeking to expand access to housing and services for residents at all socioeconomic levels.

Jessica Ripper, Senior Associate, covers projects at the intersection of housing, health, and human services, and manages LDC’s marketing and business development. She specializes in partnering with multidisciplinary teams to advance policies and programs to improve the quality of life in our communities, and has extensive experience translating complex social issues into tools that influence the media, policymakers, donors, and community leaders to take action. While at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, she helped to develop Evidence2Success, a framework to guide public investment in evidence-based programs for children and youth.