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HUD Publishes 2015 HIC & PIT Data Collection Notice

Friday, October 10, 2014

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published the Notice for Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) Data Collection for Continuums of Care (CoCs), which informs CoCs of information that must be collected in order to successfully complete the 2015 HIC and PIT counts.  This Notice supersedes the previous similarly titled Notice (CPD-13-011).

Several important changes to the HIC and PIT requirements beginning in 2015 include:

2015 HIC:

  • CoCs will be required to enter the address for all projects, except for Victim Service Provider projects. If a project uses a scattered site model the CoC will indicate that to HUD and not have to enter an address for the project.
  • The references to Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Data Standards have been updated to be consistent with HUD's 2014 HMIS Data Standards as published in HUD's HMIS Data Dictionary, HMIS Data Standards Manual (2014), and Project Descriptor Data Element Manual (2014).
  • CoCs with overflow beds should report the total number of overflow beds that were available for occupancy on the night of the inventory count. If there is no fixed number of overflow beds, CoCs may instead report the number of overflow beds that were occupied on the night of the inventory count.

2015 PIT:

  • HUD provides additional guidance about counting standards and methodologies in the Point-in-Time Count Methodology Guide. Compliance with HUD standards might result in a more accurate and, potentially, lower PIT count than in the past. CoCs will be able to explain changes in PIT counts that are due to methodology improvements in the CoC Program Competition application and HUD will take such changes into account in the application review and scoring process.
  • CoCs will be required to report the total number of youth households (persons under age 25), including the race, ethnicity, and gender data for parenting youth and unaccompanied youth counted. Data on Youth Households is a subset of the All Households data. Youth included in the Youth Households table, and related demographic data, should still be included in the All Households data.
  • CoCs will not be required to submit data on one-child and multi-child households in the Households with Only Children table because they now report the relevant information about youth in the Youth Household table.
  • CoCs will be required to report the number of sheltered and unsheltered chronically homeless veterans and chronically homeless veteran families.
  • HUD has expanded the transgender categories to male to female transgender and female to male transgender to match the 2014 HMIS Data Standards. CoCs will be required to collect and report on the number of persons that report as transgender male to female and transgender female to male.
  • Persons counted under "multiple races" should also be counted in at least two other race categories.

View the Notice

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