Point-in-Time Counts are conducted in order to try to ascertain how many people are homeless in our communities. The survey is conducted within a 24-hour period and gathers information about persons experiencing homelessness on one given night. The point-in-time provides a snapshot of who is homeless over the course of a year. During the count, staff and volunteers gather data such as demographic information (including gender and race), causes of homelessness, where persons are sleeping, and subpopulation information (such as veterans, victims of domestic violence, etc.). HUD requires conducting an annual PIT count as part of eligibility for its homeless grants. Communities are asked to conduct their counts over a 24-hour period sometime during the last 10 days in the month of January. The State of North Carolina coordinates its annual PIT survey, asking that all communities participate in the survey during the same 24-hour period to reduce the possibility of counting the same person in multiple communities. Pitt County has been participating in the annual PIT survey since 2008.
In 2015, the NC PIT was conducted over a 24 hours period, beginning Wednesday, January 28 and ending Thursday, January 29, 2015.