Point in Time

2024 Point in Time

Coming Home coordinates the annual Point in Time Survey (PIT) Survey in Middlesex County.

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).

Historically, 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.”

Two such “project connect” sites will operate, one in New Brunswick and one in Perth Amboy. Emanuel Lutheran Church at 3 Kirkpatrick St. in New Brunswick and the Center for Support, Success and Prosperity at 392 Smith St. in Perth Amboy.

Point in Time Volunteer Opportunities

Monarch Housing Associates will conduct all primary training sessions and require prior registration. Additionally, we encourage organizations dealing with homelessness or housing instability to view the recorded training by Coming Home on conducting the PIT survey. The training, along with other material, can be found on this page (applicable for 2024).

Coming Home will host meetings to coordinate with volunteers and agency leads on standard survey completion and submission.

Volunteer Registration:

To facilitate the organization of teams and locations, please register for one of the Monarch training sessions and provide the names of all street outreach volunteers using this Google survey link.

2023 Point in Time

On the night of January 24, 2023, a total of 447 households, including 660 individuals, were homeless in Middlesex County. 523 individuals were sheltered and 137 people were unsheltered. 22% were victims of domestic violence. 33% were “Chronically Homeless.”

Of the 447 homeless households, 90 were families, including 178 children.

Men comprise the majority of homeless adults at 54%, while women represent 45% of adults. Children comprise 27% of the total homeless population.

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Individuals, throughout the year, in Middlesex County without a place to call home


were victims of domestic violence

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of the total homeless population is comprised of children

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households were completely unsheltered (living in streets)

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households were considered “chronically homeless”

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individuals, including 178 children, were sheltered