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2021 AHAR: Part 1 - PIT Estimates of Homelessness in the U.S.

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2021 AHAR: Part 1 - PIT Estimates of Homelessness in the U.S.

Posted Date: February 2022


This report outlines the key findings of the Point-In-Time (PIT) count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC) conducted in January 2021. Specifically, this report provides 2021 national, state, and CoC-level PIT and HIC estimates of homelessness, as well as estimates of chronically homeless persons, homeless veterans, and homeless children and youth. Because of pandemic-related disruptions to counts of unsheltered homeless people in January 2021, this report focuses on people experiencing sheltered homelessness. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD encouraged communities to determine whether conducting an unsheltered PIT count posed a high risk of exacerbating COVID-19 transmissions, given the lack of widespread access to COVID-19 vaccines at the time. Many CoCs chose to not conduct an unsheltered PIT count because their capacity to conduct counts was limited due to other pandemic-response efforts and the risk of transmitting COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness, homeless assistance staff, and volunteers. There were 210 communities that conducted either complete or partial counts of unsheltered homelessness, but those communities are not representative of all communities across the United States.

Keywords: 2021 PIT; 2021 HIC; 2021 Point-in-Time count; Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress

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