2018 Point In Time Training Resources

2018 Point in Time Training Resources

2018 Point in Time Agency Codes


Coming Home coordinates the annual Point in Time Survey (PIT)/Project Homeless Connect (PHC) in Middlesex County.

The PIT Survey is conducted every year nationwide by communities to not only get a count of people, both sheltered and unsheltered, experiencing homelessness, but also to try and understand the particular cause of their respective homelessness. The data collected from the PIT surveys provides invaluable information regarding the County’s homeless residents, and is used to support requests to private and public entities for funding for both housing and services, all with the goal of ending homelessness.  It is conducted with a bilingual, paper outreach (survey forms are forwarded in advance to specific designated homeless provider agencies) and a bilingual, street outreach (teams are sent to specific localities within the County to identify homeless individuals whose residence in the County may not be known).

At the same time as the PIT survey is being completed, specific locations in the County are open for homeless individuals to walk in and receive a hot cup of coffee and a snack, fill out surveys, be linked to community services (representatives from various community agencies are at each location) and also receive “incentives” such as a free blanket, coat, gloves, etc. as a “thank you”.  Project Homeless Connect sites for January 24, 2018 are:

Elijah’s Promise
Soup Kitchen
18 Neilson Street
New Brunswick, NJ
The Cathedral
272 Madison Ave
Perth Amboy, NJ


Volunteer Opportunities and Information

The required street outreach and the surveying of homeless individuals is only successful with your help… We will seek your involvement to provide help throughout the day with the Project Homeless Connect sites, administration of surveys, Street Outreach survey administration, and data entry of the surveys online. Various shifts (typically 3 hours) are available throughout the day. Training material and additional outreach information, including a brief presentation regarding the administration of surveys will be available. All survey administration volunteers should plan to attend one of the scheduled trainings (See Volunteer and Training information links on the left). To register to volunteer in any capacity or to attend a survey administration training, please email Bobbin Paskell at bobbin.paskell@co.middlesex.nj.us.

2017 Point in Time

Total: 544 individuals (372 Households) reported being homeless on the night of Point in Time. Of this total, 421 individuals (or 77%), including 146 children, were sheltered in Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, or a Hotel Placement paid by the Board of Social Services or another agency. There were 116 unsheltered households (123 individuals) on the PIT night.  Middlesex County had achieved a 47% overall consistent reduction in homelessness from 2013 -2016; however, the 2017 data reflects a 19% increase in overall homelessness and a 46% increase in unsheltered persons from 2016.