Also called the Point in Time Count, Pasadena’s Homeless Count is a one night snapshot of sheltered and unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness reported to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While jurisdictions that receive federal funding are only required to conduct a homeless count of persons without shelter every other year, HUD also strongly encourages jurisdictions to conduct a count of unsheltered persons every year during the last ten days in January.
The City of Pasadena has chosen to conduct this count every year as it assists our community in the following ways:
- Understanding the extent of homelessness and changes in trends among this population;
- Providing a measure to track local performance and progress toward ending homelessness;
- Identifying local priorities and prioritizes allocation of resources;
- Providing guidance for planning and developing more effective services and resources; and
- Increasing public awareness and education about homelessness issues.