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Wyoming Continuums of Care (CoC), local housing and services coordinators for homeless persons, spearhead an annual count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons called Point-in-Time (PIT) counts. Every CoC across Wyoming will be conducting their PIT count on January 24th.
These counts are an important metric for measuring Federal and local progress in preventing and ending homelessness by providing a one-night snapshot of data for the homeless assistance community to understand the number and characteristics of persons who are homeless.
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires all CoCs to conduct a PIT count, and report the data as part of their annual competitive CoC application. HUD develops guidance annually about minimum standards for the count. Other Federal partners (e.g., Veterans Affairs) promote the counts and help CoCs at the local level.
This year, over 400 CoCs will plan, implement, and evaluate their counts at the local level in a national effort to measure the scale of homelessness in the United States.
If you are interested in volunteering to help with the upcoming PIT counts or would like to learn more, you can contact Karla McClaren at (307) 721-1973 or email at [email protected]