Point-in-Time Homeless Count
The Loudoun County Continuum of Care conducts the annual Point-in-Time Count of persons in the community experiencing a housing crisis or literal homelessness every January. The 2019 count in Loudoun occured the night of Wednesday, January 23, 2019, and the morning of Thursday, January 24, 2019.
The count is intended to provide a single-day snapshot of a community’s homeless population as well as households that may be on the brink of becoming homeless. The count is an important factor in helping the Department of Family Services and its community partners provide appropriate services to those who are faced with challenging housing situations ranging from rental eviction to literal homelessness..
During the count, members of the Continuum of Care along with staff from local nonprofits canvass the county to assist anyone that is unsheltered by providing resources, non-perishable food and other needed items. Local law enforcement personnel and mental health clinicians also assist with outreach efforts across the county.
Benefits of the Point-in-Time Homeless Count
Benefits of the count include:
- Community-Wide Assessment: The Point-in-Time Count includes outreach to a wide range of demographics including young adults ages 18 to 24, veterans, people over 60, families and others.
- Program Development: Results from the Point-in-Time Count contribute to data-driven decision-making for specific types of housing needs and areas of program development.
- Increased Awareness: The count encompasses all areas of Loudoun County with targeted outreach to rural areas to ensure a connection for needed community resources.
The Point-in-Time Count is conducted annually across the United States in late January, including in the jurisdictions that make up the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Opens a New Window. , of which Loudoun is a member. The regional results and analysis from Point-in-Time counts are available on the COG website.
Anyone interested in more information about the Point-in-Time Count should contact Loudoun Continuum of Care Coordinator Jennifer Hope at 703-777-0353 or email Jennifer Hope.
Partnership in the Community
The Loudoun Continuum of Care is a partnership between local government, nonprofit agencies, the public school system, health care providers, faith-based organizations and others that work together to address the needs of those experiencing housing instability or homelessness in Loudoun County.