Last Week, We Conducted PIT 2023
To effectively respond to homelessness, we must understand the size and scope of the problem. To do this, communities are tasked with quantifying the number of people experiencing sheltered or unsheltered homelessness, and identifying specific characteristics of homeless populations. This process is called PIT or Point In Time Count. Last week, our team and volunteers throughout the city conducted PIT 2023.
Why is PIT important?
There are many reasons why it’s important to assess the current local homeless population’s numbers. The most immediate result of PIT is an increase in HUD funding that goes directly back to helping the community and ending homelessness. In addition to monetary assistance, PIT allows us a chance to talk to the homeless community in our home city and learn what they need and how we can better assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
How we use PIT as “More Than a Number”
GKCCEH prioritizes conducting the Point In Time Count in such a way that treats each person experiencing homeless as just that: Not a number, but a person. We take advantage of the opportunity to share information about frostbite and hypothermia, connect homeless individuals to services when possible and hand out PIT Personal Care Bags that include a variety of necessary personal items.
PIT 2022 Results
While the results of last week’s efforts will take a while to process and finalize, we wanted to take this opportunity to showcase numbers from 2022. Click the links below to learn more.
2022 MO Additional Population Report