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Point in Time Count

The point in time count is the one day per year where, across the nation, we take a census of the homeless population. It’s the number of homeless people in our community, on ONE night near the end of January; a day chosen by each community.

More information on HUD's Point in Time Count


The date for the next PIT count is Wednesday, January 25, 2023. For Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, the PIT count has previously been held on:

  • Monday, January 23, 2022
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016
  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2013
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2012
  • Wednesday, January 26, 2011
  • Thursday, January 28, 2010
  • Friday, January 30, 2009


The purpose of the PIT count is to:

  • Gather demographics on who is homeless in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, to better serve our community.
  • PIT counts are required to receive funding from HUD, the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Compare this year’s data with previous data, to improve at preventing and ending homelessness.


The Point in Time Count takes a census of all people that don’t have a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence:

  • Living in a place not meant for human habitation
  • Living in a shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements
  • Living in an institution for 90 days or less AND, immediately before that, lived in a shelter or place not meant for human habitation