The annual Point-In-Time (PIT) homeless count is required by the U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) for every community in the country and serves as a static count of the number of people experiencing homelessness. It's the principle means for gauging the need for homeless assistance resources both nationally and here in Ramsey County.

The results of the PIT directly impacts the amount of funding dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness in Ramsey County. The unsheltered PIT counts the number of people who are sleeping in places not meant for human habitation (public transportation, streets, bridges, etc.), as well as those who are doubled-up or couch hopping/surfing (i.e., temporarily staying with someone and is not on the lease).

The unsheltered PIT is scheduled for the night of January 26, 2022. This means that the count will include those who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness anytime between sundown January 26th and sunup January 27th. Unsheltered surveys may be conducted anytime between January 26th and February 2nd, as long as the respondents identify as experiencing homelessness the night of January 26th.
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