Point in Time

If you are looking for data from Point in Time, it is listed under CoC & Homeless Info here

About Point in Time

One Roof is responsible for knowing what Birmingham’s homeless population looks like, which we do primarily through a database called PromisSE.  PromisSE records information about the number of people in our community who need homeless services, demographic information, and also acts as a tool for case management within the continuum for clients.

One Roof is also responsible for conducting the annual Point in Time survey (usually the last Wednesday of January).  Point in Time is a 24-hour event mandated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and acts as a mini “census” of those experiencing homelessness in our area, and offers a snapshot of what our homeless population looks like on any given night.   By conducting accurate Point in Time counts, One Roof is better able to see trends in homelessness, demonstrate the need for homeless services in our area, and identify gaps in services (whose needs — and what kind of needs — aren’t being met by those experiencing homelessness?).

These numbers are vitally important to ending homelessness; the more we know and understand about what causes someone to be homeless, the more prepared we are to find solutions and educate our community about those contributing factors.

While PromisSE does count the homeless population served by One Roof’s member agencies, the database cannot account for all of those who sleep on the street each night and who are unsheltered. To find this population, we create street teams and speak with them face to face so that we know, for each individual, who they are, what they need, and if there is a reason they are not seeking or using services.


The Point in Time Count calls for close to 100 volunteers to capture the number of people experiencing homelessness. Small groups of volunteers, lead by an experienced street team leader, will go under overpasses, to known homeless camps, and to other locations to conduct surveys that will help determine the number and demographics of our homeless community.


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