At the end of January, cities across the nation conduct a Point In Time (PIT) count of their homeless populations. On Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, more than 120 volunteers conducted a shelter and an outdoor count in Davidson County.
The PIT count is a tool to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uses to measure increases/decreases in homelessness. The biggest criticism of the PIT count number is that only people who stay in emergency shelters or transitional housing during this one night in January are counted. Every two years, HUD requires an outdoor count. Nashville attempts to conduct its outdoor count each year. However, it is widely recognized that the numbers we end up with are an underestimate of our homeless population.
For more information, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness site.