For more than a decade, the IU Public Policy Institute and the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention have worked with local organizations to conduct Marion County’s annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Count. The PIT Count provides a critical glimpse into Indianapolis’ homeless community and serves as a resource for policy makers and leaders to learn about the people who make up this population.
Yet, as with so many things, the 2021 PIT Count was different. In previous years, it was conducted on a single night in January, surveying people who live in both sheltered and unsheltered situations. This year, research teams needed to modify their approach to safely gather the information—both for surveyors and for the people they met.