Point-In-Time Homeless Count



Point in Time Count

The Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count is an annual street and shelter count to determine the number of people experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County during a given point-in-time (PIT). The count includes a brief survey to identify the needs of those experiencing homelessness in the community. As the lead agency for the Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care, MAG coordinates the regional count each year.

Why a Point-In-Time Homeless Count?

The PIT count is an effort to learn more about the individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County. To accomplish community goals and make a difference in the lives of homeless people, we need to know who they are, where they are, and better understand the factors that led to their homelessness.

The data gathered in the count can be used to measure progress and make the case for additional resources. Data from the count also helps to indicate how well we are meeting community goals to prevent and end homelessness.

2017 Homeless Count Overview

Total PIT Counts 2009-2017

The 2017 annual homeless Point-in-Time count tells two stories: a slight reduction in the overall number of people experiencing homelessness in the region, but an increase in the number of individuals and families living on the streets.

According to the report submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by the Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care, there were 5,605 people experiencing homelessness on the night of January 23, 2017. This represents a two percent decrease from the region's 2016 number of 5,702 people experiencing homeless on the night of the count.

While the overall numbers went down, the report showed the number of homeless individuals and families living on the street went up by more than 400 people. In 2017, 2,059 people were living in "unsheltered" situations, whereas in 2016, the number was 1,646 people.

2017 Unsheltered Count Map

Unsheltered Homeless Map Maricopa County 2017
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The homeless street count is critical in our collective work toward ending homelessness in the region. The results from the count will help us to better understand the widespread nature of homelessness, identify trends, and help target critical funding and services to those most in need.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

Point-In-Time Homeless Street Count


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Human Services Planner II
Anne Scott

Human Services Planner
Kinari Patel

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