Point In Time (PIT) Homeless Count and Homeless Inventory Chart (HIC)

Data collection and the use of information has become increasingly important to create strategies to address homelessness in Alaskan communities.This section provides some key data resources available in the state.


 

Limitations and Recommendations

Despite the HIC and PIT data showing more available beds than homeless individuals, it is important tounderstand the limitations of this information. Unfortunately, only 15 of Alaska’s 352 communities participated in the recent PIT count.

 

The participating communities represent some of the largest in the state but it is assumed that PIT statistics only represent a fraction of the actual total homeless population. Communities are ultimately responsible for understanding and providing adequate housing and service resources for the homeless. The Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness and the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness are making an effort to provide useful resources to assist communities in participating in the annual PIT count and identifying their local homeless service needs.

 

Both organizations encourage the following steps:

  • Ensure that statewide homeless and housing data is collected and available at the local level;
  • Utilize homeless and housing data in local and statewide planning efforts;
  • Create more permanent supportive housing units throughout the state as this is a clear deficiency in the state.