The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is a biannual count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness completed as a mandate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The PIT Count measures the prevalence of homelessness in Alameda County and collects information on individuals and families in emergency shelters and transitional housing, as well as people sleeping on the streets, in cars, on abandoned properties, or on other places not meant for human habitation.
The next annual PIT Count will take place in January 2024. To assist with planning the 2024 PIT Count, Alameda County has established the PIT Planning Team. The PIT Planning Team are a diverse group of community members who serve as decision makers and advisors to the PIT process, including reviewing and updating survey questions, sharing local conditions information, and assisting with volunteer recruitment and training.
How to volunteer for the PIT Count
Volunteers will be needed to complete surveys of households experiencing unsheltered homelessness on the designated night of the count. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the Volunteer Registration form.
As part of the registration process, volunteers are also asked to submit information they may have about locations of unsheltered homeless households in their local community. This information will be used to ensure enough volunteer coverage is sent to those known locations. All volunteers will be asked to go through a training in how to complete culturally sensitive surveys, and to sign a confidentiality waiver.
For more information about the 2024 PIT Count, updates will be posted to the Alameda PIT Info page.
The PIT Planning Team is not a Continuum of Care committee and does not have a roster of seated voting members. PIT Planning Team is an ad-hoc group composed of volunteers from the Alameda County community and coordinated by the PIT project management contractor. Meetings are open to the public and decisions are made by the majority vote of all those present during the meeting. Participants in the PIT Planning Team typically include City representatives, County representatives, Persons with Lived Experience, Homeless Services Providers, and other members of the public. The names of attendees can be reviewed in the posted meeting minutes.