Point-in-Time (PIT) Count
Annually, the DE CoC conducts a statewide outreach effort and census count of persons experiencing homelessness during the last 10 nights in January. The PIT Count provides a snapshot of the need within Delaware's homeless response system and helps obtain critical information on the number, characteristics, and challenges of people experiencing homelessness in our state.
PIT data is used to:
Inform legislative, policy, and planning initiatives
Educate and raise awareness about homelessness
Advocate for strategies and solutions to address homelessness
Support funding applications for dedicated homeless assistance resources
Evaluate the CoC's progress on reducing homelessness
PIT Count Methodology
HUD requires CoCs to develop a methodology for conducting the PIT Count to ensure the data collected is valid and reliable. PIT methodologies are influenced by a CoC's geographic and demographic characteristics, in addition to their resources and capacity.
System Performance Measures
The DE CoC is responsible for designing a local “system” that assists persons experiencing homelessness and provides the services necessary to access and stabilize in housing.
The DE CoC reports system-level performance to regularly measure progress in meeting the needs of Delawareans experiencing homelessness. HUD uses this this to help gauge the state of the homeless response system nationally.