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Point-in-Time Count

The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January. The office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that Continuums of Care (CoCs) conduct an annual count of people experiencing homelessness who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night. ​Getting an accurate count is important as it effects decisions regarding federal/state funding, advocacy routes, and resource management.


​As the lead for the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), the Coalition plans, coordinates, and carries out the annual PIT count. After the count is completed, the HMIS team at the Coalition cleans, validates, analyzes, and submits the data to HUD. Then, the HMIS compiles the data into a visualization, which is published below for the public to view. 


You can contact the HMIS team with questions about data or about the current population of people who are experiencing homelessness by submitting a ticket to

If you are part of a news or media organization who would like a public comment regarding data or trends, please contact our Chief Strategy Officer, Jenn Barrera at

HMIS Questions

Volunteer for the Point in Time Count

If you would like to help local street outreach providers ensure all Rhode Islanders experiencing homelessness sign up to volunteer using our sign up form. Please complete this form NO later than 12/15/2023.


Assignments to regional teams will come at the end of December. Please note that ALL volunteers will be assigned based on community need and may not necessarily be placed based on their preference.

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