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LA CoC Shelter Count & Housing Inventory Count (HIC)

The Shelter Count & Housing Inventory Count (HIC) is a component of the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. The HIC is a point-in-time inventory of projects or sites within the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LA CoC) that provide beds and units dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness or people who have experienced homelessness.

Nationally, data provided through the HIC process is provided to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to document Los Angeles’ shelter and housing resources. The submission of the HIC to HUD is also a part of Los Angeles’ application for federal funds on an annual basis.

Locally, the LA CoC analyzes HIC data on available and upcoming shelter/housing resources in planning and advocating for our homeless response system. LAHSA shares the completed HIC with Coordinated Entry System (CES) leadership, homeless assistance providers, governmental leaders, advocates, and others helping to end homelessness locally.

The Shelter Count includes all participants who are served and entered shelter projects on or before the date of January 24, 2024. The Shelter Count & Housing Inventory Count (HIC) review, data validation, and quality assurance period is from February 8 – March 1, 2024.

  • The LA CoC Shelter Count & HIC is available on web forms for each project. The web forms are accessible through your LAHSA account at https://www.lahsa.org/homeless-count/hic.
  • To prepare your organization’s Shelter Count & HIC data for submission to LAHSA:
    • HMIS Projects:
      • Make sure HMIS is up to date for each project with the people you served that night of January 24, 2024.
      • Shelter Count & HIC data that LAHSA has available from HMIS will be displayed on the LA CoC Shelter Count & HIC web forms for you to verify. There is no need to re-enter data into the form. Any issues you find when reviewing the data will need to be corrected through HMIS.
    • Non-HMIS Projects:
      • For the night of each project’s shelter count, review and update the bed inventory information and the number of occupants that you served the night of January 24, 2024, including certain occupant household demographics.
  • For projects that are less than 65% utilized or over 105% utilized, you will be required to enter an explanation of why the project is under/over utilized.
  • When a project is submitted, you will be prompted for feedback on the submission process. Please let us know how we can improve the process for you!

Housing Inventory Count 2024

How to Review and Complete the HIC PIT

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What We Count


Interim Housing programs for currently homeless people
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Transitional Housing
  • Safe Haven

Permanent Housing

Housing options for formerly homeless persons
  • Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Rapid Re-Housing
  • Other Permanent Housing

Questions or Technical Support

If you have any questions or need technical assistance, please contact HMISSupport@lahsa.org with a detailed description of your questions or concerns. To streamline support operations, please include the URL of the web form for the project in question.

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Housing Inventory

HIC Data Summary