|HUD No. 22-018
HUD Public Affairs
January 27, 2022
HUD SECRETARY FUDGE, D.C. MAYOR BOWSER PARTICIPATE IN D.C. POINT-IN-TIME COUNT
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser participated in the 2022 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. The PIT Count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January.
Secretary Fudge and Mayor Bowser joined Pathways to Housing D.C. staff and volunteers to administer the PIT Count survey to those experiencing homelessness.
“The PIT Count is one of the most important tools the federal government has to understand local needs and to measure trends in homelessness through an annual single-night snapshot,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “And that’s why it was so important for me to participate in this year’s count and to hear directly from people we serve. At HUD, with the support of the Biden-Harris Administration, we will continue to put Housing First at the top of our priorities to bring us closer to the goal of ending homelessness.”
“We are proud of the progress we’re making in Washington, D.C. to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring; but there’s more work to do. And what we know is that we have a partner in the Biden-Harris Administration,” said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. “In 2021, D.C. was top among states in getting out $352 million in Emergency Rental Assistance – funds that have been used to prevent homelessness and ensure more residents have access to safe and dignified housing. We look forward to working with Secretary Fudge and the rest of the Housing and Urban Development team to build on that progress so that our nation’s capital can continue to be an example of what is possible when local and federal governments work together to tackle our greatest challenges.”
HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct a count of people experiencing homelessness who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens and who are unsheltered on a single night at least once every other year. Each count is planned, coordinated, and carried out locally. The PIT Count is a critical way for HUD to identify the needs of people experiencing homelessness and to allocate federal resources to meet those needs, offering a snapshot of homelessness – both sheltered and unsheltered – on a single night. The key findings of the PIT Count are outlined in the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) Part 1 to Congress.