2017 Point-in-Time (PIT), Housing Inventory Count (HIC), and Project Homeless Connect (PHC)

The 2017 Point-in-Time Count (PIT) of homeless persons and Housing Inventory Count (HIC) will be conducted the night of January 24, 2017. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires the collection of PIT and HIC data for one night each year to assist in measuring the extent of homelessness within Alaska. This data is later used to advocate for federal and state funding to assist Alaska’s homeless. In addition, this data has been a useful tool for housing planning activities in local communities.

Communities throughout the state are also hosting a Project Homeless Connect (PHC) which is a one-day event to provide housing and services in a convenient one-stop model directly to individuals experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness.

Please review the information below to determine your organizations role in this important effort.

2017 Point-in-Time Form or 2017 Point-in-Time DV Form:

This form should be completed if:

  1. All beds in a facility/program operated by your agency are NOT listed in HMIS/Service Point, then the persons/households residing in the facility/program should be entered and recorded on this form. For those programs reporting data through HMIS, the PIT data will be pulled directly from HMIS and you will not need to complete the PIT form. However, all data for the night of January 24th must be complete in HMIS by February 10, 2017; or
  2. Your community is conducting an unsheltered street count, this form should be completed.

Point-in-Time Form Training Opportunities

  • January 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm: Unsheltered Count Training for Community Leadership. This training will provide community leadership an opportunity to review the form and ask questions as they prepare to train their volunteers on how to complete the form.
    • Call-In Number:  1-877-873-8018
    • Access Code: 5288816
  • January 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm: Training for Emergency Shelter or Transitional Housing Providers that DO NOT Enter Data into HMIS
  • January 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm: Training for individuals entering PIT data into HMIS for their unsheltered count. Follow this link to register for the training: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/4317332841859922945

2017 Housing Inventory Count Form:

The HIC is an inventory of projects throughout Alaska that provide beds and units dedicated to serve persons who are homeless. All projects providing beds/units on the night of January 24, 2017 that are dedicated to serving homeless persons, or for permanent housing projects, dedicated for persons who were homeless at entry, must complete a HIC form.

Housing Inventory Count Form Training Opportunities


2017 Project Homeless Connect Form:

Communities conducting a Project Homeless Connect (PHC) event should utilize this PHC form to ensure all required data elements are captured for reporting purposes. PHC data should be entered into HMIS by Friday, February 10, 2017.

Project Homeless Connect Form Training Opportunities



What is Project Homeless Connect?

Project Homeless Connect is a one-day, one-stop event to provide housing, services, and hospitality in a convenient one-stop model directly to people experiencing homelessness in Anchorage. It is a way to bring service providers, government agencies, and the general community together to address a problem that affects everyone. The goal is to move from simply managing homelessness towards really ending it.

Where has Project Homeless Connect taken place?

Cities of every size from coast to coast have engaged in Project Homeless Connect events. The first one began in San Francisco in October 2004. Today, the event takes place in citys and regional hubs across Alaska, as well as the rest of the United States.  2016 marked Anchorage’s fourteenth Project Homeless Connect.

Who participates in Project Homeless Connect?

Project Homeless Connect is a collaborative effort between service providers, government agencies, private sector and the general community. No one entity can do this alone. The entire community is affected by homelessness and it is only the entire community that can end homelessness.

Why participate in Project Homeless Connect?

Project Homeless Connect: Anchorage is about real solutions to a complex problem that results in a stronger community. Our mission is to bring together all sectors of the community to be active members in reducing and preventing homelessness in Anchorage. This model has been used by over a hundred communities and they all report success. Individuals experiencing homelessness are being connected to services quicker, gaining housing, and experiencing an increase in overall quality of life. In addition, by involving the general community, communities are reporting a change in the stigma linked to homelessness. Together can we bring about long lasting, substantive change in Anchorage.

How can you help?

Service Provider or Government Agency: Connect with Project Homeless Connect organizers and ensure your agency is represented at the event. Contact Carma Reed: Carma.Reed@hud.gov

Private Sector: Project Homeless Connect is a great way to get your employees involved in a community event. If you provide a service that could be of benefit to individuals who experience homelessness (i.e. haircuts, clothing, food), we want to ensure your agency is represented. In addition, we accept donations. For more information, contact Trevor Storrs: tstorrs@alaskachildrenstrust.org

General Community: Come out and volunteer! This event requires hundreds of volunteers. Contact Paula Burgan at ppb@gci.net




Thank you to everyone who made the 2016 Project Homeless Connect a success!

We would like to give a special thank you to our sponsors:


Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Art Services North
Borealis Broadband
Casual Encounter Catering
Cook Inlet Housing Authority
Credit Union 1
Great Harvest Bread Company
Municipality of Anchorage
Rasmuson Foundation
Royal Business Systems
Southcentral Foundation
United Way of Anchorage
Wells Fargo