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2022 Point in Time count

Each year, communities across the country conduct the Point in Time (PIT) count to better understand the depth and breadth of homelessness in their community. Conducting the PIT count provides a snapshot of homelessness from one year to the next. This year's count will take place on January 26, 2022.

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The 2022 Point in Time count will kick off at midnight on January 26, 2022. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will allow communities to count for 14 days past the kickoff date to ensure that anyone who was experiencing homelessness on January 26 is counted.

The goals of the PIT count are to:

  • Identify how many individuals and households are homeless in a community, including those living on the street or in other unsheltered locations
  • Monitor how homelessness changes from year to year
  • Assist with local planning efforts
  • Meet HUD’s requirements

Hennepin County is the lead entity in charge of conducting the 2022 PIT count, assuming the role that St. Stephens Human Services held for several years. As the lead convener, Hennepin County will oversee the planning and operations of the PIT count.

Media inquiries

For information about the count, contact Maria Elena Baca by email at or by phone at 612-348-7865.

Past years' PIT counts

Hennepin CoC 2020 Point In Time count (PDF)

Hennepin 2020 HUD sub-population summary (PDF)

PIT and HIC Data since 2007 - HUD Exchange

PIT Count shows decrease in total number of people experiencing homelessness

2,191 people were staying in shelters and transitional housing programs and 487 people were living unsheltered in Hennepin County according to the 2022 PIT Count. That compares to 2,407 and 642 in 2020, the last time the count was taken, and 3,058 and 357 when the count started in 2005.  

The decrease in the number of people experiencing homelessness was seen across all household types, with the biggest decrease occurring in family households.  Family households experiencing homelessness decreased by 68 (a 9% decrease from 2020) and 244 people (a 22% decrease from 2020) down to 940 people in 268 families across Hennepin.  Single adults also saw a decrease, down to 1720 people in 2022 from 1794 in 2020, a 4% decrease.


View full report:

Hennepin CoC 2022 Point In Time (PIT) Count (PDF)

Hennepin County is currently identifying partners who can host sites where surveys can be administered. If your organization serves people who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness, and you are interested in hosting surveyors, please contact

Agencies that serve people experiencing homelessness who are in emergency shelters, transitional housing or safe haven programs on the night of the count should review Point in Time count materials – Minnesota's HMIS.

Volunteers are essential to ensure that our community conducts a comprehensive and thorough count. Volunteers will conduct a short survey with people who are experiencing homelessness at community based and non-profit settings. 

Volunteers can expect to:

  • Engage with people experiencing homelessness and conduct a short survey
  • Complete mandatory training
  • Follow CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19

Training and information session:
Hennepin County Unsheltered Point in Time Count

Anyone who will be participating in the Point in Time Count must watch the required training video:


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