Tracking Progress: Interactive Point-in-Time Count Map

written by Sam Batko
March 11, 2013

One of the roles of the Homelessness Research Institute (HRI), the research and education arm of the Alliance, is to track trends in the homelessness population in communities across the country in an effort to document progress in ending homelessness.

Every Continuum of Care (CoC) in the country recently participated in HUD mandated point-in-time counts of their sheltered and unsheltered homeless populations. These enumeration efforts do not provide a precise count of homeless people, but they do provide a regular way of measuring progress in ending homelessness over time.

HRI documents point-in-time count results in a number of ways, one of which is to map media and CoC reports of increases and decreases. Of the 21 CoCs mapped thus far, 11 saw increases in their homeless population and 10 saw decreases.

The map will be updated regularly as CoC reports become available. If you would like your community to be included in the map, please email a link to your community’s report or to a media story about your count to