Point in Time count 2021

Do you help people experiencing homelessness?

We need your help with the 2021 point in time count!

The PIT count is an annual count of Rhode Islanders experiencing homelessness. Getting an accurate count is massively important for funding, advocacy, and resource management.

If your agency is able to help, we ask that you have staff or volunteers ask individuals who might be homeless where they stayed on the night of January 26th, 2021 and complete a 3 question survey with anyone who stayed in a place not meant for human habitation. 


Surveys can be completed any time between January 26th and February 5th. Surveyors will download a free mobile app to complete the survey or can complete them through a web-based application.

The PIT count will be different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically, we rely on large numbers of volunteers who canvass the state on the night of the PIT count and count unsheltered people staying in a place not meant for human habitation (outside, in cars, tents, etc.).


However, due to new safety protocols, we will not be utilizing volunteers this year. Instead, are utilizing outreach workers and service provider staff members who already have contact with unsheltered individuals as part of their normal day to day operations. Ideally, this will cut down on the number of person-to-person contacts our PIT surveyors will have and contribute to a more accurate count because outreach workers and staff will be able to leverage their pre-existing knowledge and connections with the community. 

Can you help us with the count?

Contact our team at PIT@rihomeless.org

Ready to get trained? 

Staff completing surveys will need to take a short (20 minute) virtual training on the PIT count

and how to use the survey application. 

If you are unable to attend any of our trainings, you may watch the training here / below.

Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless

1070 Main St, Suite 304, Pawtucket, RI 02860, USA

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