Introduction to Homelessness Point-in-Time Counts

Homelessness Point-in-Time Counts can be used to conduct point-in-time counts of sheltered and unsheltered homelessness individuals.

It provides the ability to rapidly conduct homelessness counts of persons experiencing homelessness who are sheltered in transitional housing, an emergency shelter and safe havens. Using field apps and location-based information to conduct point-in-time counts helps meet the requirements of Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Continuum of Care (CoC) communities. Communities that meet these requirements can increase homelessness service capability and funding. Using field apps and location-based information to conduct point-in-time counts helps Continuum of Care communities quickly summarize the extent of homelessness and streamlines requests for federal funding. Homelessness Point-in-Time Counts is typically implemented by health and human services agencies that want to understand the state of homelessness and collect information necessary to redirect services, funding, and resources to those in need.

The Homelessness Point-in-Time Counts solution delivers a set of capabilities that help you capture surveys during counts, visualize the extent of homelessness and filter key metrics captured in the survey, and export this information in a report that can be delivered to HUD.

Deploy the solution

This ArcGIS Solution can be deployed in your ArcGIS organization.

Deploy the solution

See Deploy an ArcGIS Solution for more information.


Homelessness Point-in-Time Counts requires the following:

  • ArcGIS Online

Information products

Homelessness Point-in-Time Counts includes the following information products:

ItemDescriptionRequired user type

Homelessness Counts

An ArcGIS Survey123 form used by health and human service agencies and their network of volunteers to conduct sheltered and unsheltered homelessness surveys

Mobile Worker

Homelessness Count Dashboard

An ArcGIS Dashboards app used by health and human service agencies to monitor results of a point-in-time count of sheltered and unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness


HUD Report

An ArcGIS Notebooks app used by health and human service staff to generate a report of homelessness point in-time counts to meet Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirements


When you deploy this solution in your ArcGIS organization, you also get an ArcGIS Solution item that organizes the key information products and summarizes all the ArcGIS items (applications, forms, projects, maps, feature layers, feature layer views, and so on) included with the solution. The ArcGIS Solution item also illustrates any dependencies items have on each other.

Release notes

The following are the release notes:



  • Name changed from Homeless Point-in-Time Counts to Homelessness Point-in-Time Counts.
  • All layers, map, apps, and projects have been updated to use the term homelessness instead of homeless.
  • A new Homelessness Count Dashboard.
  • An update to the Homelessness Counts form and supporting layers to permit changes to the form.


  • An update to the Homeless Counts form to support modified demographic questions, based on the HUD 2022 Point-in-Time count data standards.
  • A new Homeless Count Dashboard.
  • A new HUD Report notebook that supports the updated data standards.


  • A new version of the HUD Report notebook that resolves an issue where the point in-time observations were not calculated


  • The first release of Homeless Point-in-Time Counts