Definitions:

HIC- Housing Inventory Count
PIT- Point in Time
CoC - Continuum of Care
ESG - Emergency Solutions Grant
Chronically Homeless Individual - a person who is homeless, is disabled, and has been homeless for at least one year or has had at least four separate occasions of homelessness within the last three years where the occasions add up to 12 months or more.
Leavers - a person who exits the program and is not active on the last day of the operating year
Stayers -  a person who is still enrolled in the program on the last day of the operating year
Adult – a person age 18 or older
Child – a person under the age of 18
Youth – a person between the ages of 12 and 24 who is NOT in a household with anyone older than 24
Household without children – a household composed of only adults
Household with children and adults – a household composed of at least one adult and one child (a person under 18)
Household with only children – a household composed of only children (persons under 18)
Unknown household type–a household that cannot be classified in cases when one or more persons are missing dates of birth. However, when the households already have at least one known adult and one known child, the household type will be categorized as a Household with Children and Adults.
PH - Permanent Housing
RRH - Rapid Re-Housing
HP - Homelessness Prevention

Purpose: 

The HIC is a point-in time inventory of projects within CoC projects that provide beds and units dedicated to serving persons who are homeless. It is intended to provide HUD and CoCs with information about the shelter and housing capacity of homeless crisis response systems. It should reflect the number of beds and units available on the night designated for the count that are dedicated to serve persons who are homeless (and, for permanent housing projects, persons who were homeless at entry),per the HUD homeless definition.

The HIC Report is required for the following project types:

  •  Emergency Shelter (ES)B
  • Transitional Housing (TH
  • Safe Haven (SH)
  • Permanent Housing (PH)
  • Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)
  • Rapid Re-housing (RRH)
  • Other PH (OPH) – combines two project types from the 2020 HMIS Data Standards:  PH – Housing with Services (no disability required for entry); and  PH – Housing Only

Required Information:

Project descriptor information: This information is found in the Project Descriptor Data Elements (General Touchpoint) taken for the specific project.
Bed and Unity Inventory Information: This information is found in the Bed and Unit Inventory Information (General Touchpoint) taken for the specific project.
Point-in-Time Counts for Each Project:

  • Each project recorded in the HIC must provide a PIT count. The PIT count shows the number of persons served on the night of the count in the beds reported for the project. This includes persons who entered the project on or before the date of the HIC and PIT count, whether they are still in the project or have exited. 
  • The HIC and PIT count are integrally related. The sum total number o fpersons reported in emergency shelter, Safe Havens, and transitional housing projects in the PIT fields of the HIC must match the sum total of sheltered persons reported in the PIT count.
  • The Point in Time count is defined as a “count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons carried out on one night in the last 10 calendar days of January o rat such other time as required by HUD.” CoCs are required to conduct a PIT count at least biennially during the last 10 days of January.

Here is a document  detailing specifics on who should/should not be counted.

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