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2019 Point-in-Time Count

United Way's annual Homelessness Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is in January!

What is the PIT Count?

During the PIT count we survey the community, count the number of people experiencing homelessness over a specified period. We then gather information on the demographics and service needs of the local homeless population.


Through a snapshot of homelessness, the PIT Count will help us to better understand homelessness and housing needs. With successive counts, we can measure our progress in ending homelessness in our community. 

The results?

Homelessness in the Columbia area has dropped over 30% since 2013.

How can you help to continue that decrease?


As a PIT Count Volunteer you will*:

  • Search for unsheltered homeless within designated location
  • Survey individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Provide individuals who have been surveyed with incentives

*Must be at least 16 (those under 18 years old will need a parent/guardian permission and they must also serve as a Volunteer)

 View all PIT Count Volunteer Opportunities through United Way's Volunteer Center. 


Purchase an item from Amazon to distribute during the Point-in-Time Count! You can drop it off at our office at 1818 Blanding Street! 

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