Homeless Point-in-Time Count

The point-in-time count occurs every year and is a census of all homeless persons in Chesapeake. Cities in Hampton Roads and nationwide will be participating in similar counts this year and reporting the data to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Since 2003, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has required applicants for federal homeless assistance grants to report the number of people who are homeless in their communities at a particular time. HUD currently requires that communities conduct a point-in-time count during the last week of January. Collecting reliable baseline data is essential to understanding the causes of homelessness and designing effective interventions to help homeless people rebuild their lives.


The homeless count and survey will help identify who is homeless in Chesapeake and provide us with a baseline number of homeless individuals. The data collected will be useful on many levels:

  • It will give Chesapeake leverage when applying for federal or private aid to maintain and/or improve service delivery to the homeless population.
  • The count can be used to measure progress towards ending chronic homelessness.
  • It will increase public awareness of the homeless population in Chesapeake.
  • It will allow agencies to improve their ability to plan and implement effective services for homeless persons.
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