Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Point-in-Time Count?
A Point-in-Time (PIT) count is count of people experiencing homelessness during a 24-hour period within the last 10 days of January. The count includes both sheltered homeless (those living in emergency shelters or transitional housing) and unsheltered homeless (those living on the streets).
2. When will Broward County’s PIT count take place?
The count will begin at sundown on Tuesday January 23rd and go through Saturday January 27th, 2018.
3. Where will the count take place?
The count will cover all of Broward County.
4. Are there any requirements for me to volunteer?
To Volunteer You Must:
Be 18 years or older in order to participate.
Attend a training.
Sign the Community Solutions Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement as part of your registration process.
Be able to walk one or two miles unassisted during the count.
Be able to stand for long periods of time.
Review survey form prior to the count and become familiar with the questions.
Return all survey forms (completed and otherwise) to designated team leader at the end of your shift.
5. How can I volunteer?
Attend the training/orientation
6. Is the training mandatory?
Yes, if you have not participated in the PIT count within the past 2 years you are required to attend an in-person training. If there is no way for you to make one of the trainings mentioned on the registration site, please send an email to the email address, and we will work with you to help you get involved.
7. When will trainings be held?
On-site trainings will be held at various locations from January 14-16, 2018. If you have a group of 10 or more people that would like to be trained, send an email to .
8. Can I register for the PIT Count with a team?
Yes! At the bottom of the registration form you can add the names of the other members in your team, but each member MUST register as a volunteer. You may register up to four people in a team, including yourself. Each team member must registered individually and include the other members' names in the registration.
NOTE: If you sign up for a team, we request that two team members register as drivers to ensure all volunteers have transportation.
9. What will be my role in the count as a volunteer?
You will be going out to interview people experiencing homelessness in order to complete a survey required by the Federal Government. You can can choose to either count at encampment/street sites or meal sites.
NOTE: Please note that encampment sites may include the woods and other areas that are not well lit. If you do not feel comfortable going to these sites, please sign up to count at a meal site.
10. Will I be safe during the count?
Absolutely, If you register for a night or early morning shift, local law enforcement officers will be accompanying teams.
11. Will transportation be provided for teams to get to the count site?
If you do not volunteer to drive, you will be assigned to a team with a designated driver.
12. Who can I contact if I have questions regarding the count?
For questions regarding Volunteer Registration, please email:
For other questions regarding the Point-in-Time Count, please email: .