Every year, Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) conducts the K-Count to monitor the homeless situation in Kentucky. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires such a count every other year, but KHC believes it best serves the people of Kentucky to conduct this count yearly.
Results of the K-Count demonstrate the need for resources for housing and services for homeless persons in each community and determine how much federal funding will be awarded from HUD for homeless programs. In addition, the K-Count helps assess progress under Kentucky's Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and provides important information for updating the plan. More information is available in the K-Count Info Sheet.
The 2021 K-Count for the Kentucky Balance of State (KY BoS) was held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
Please note: Louisville and Lexington will conduct their counts on a different date from the BoS. For more information, please contact Louisville's Coalition for the Homeless or the Lexington Office of Homelessness Intervention and Prevention.
2021 K-Count Information
The KY BoS CoC will conduct the sheltered portion of the K-Count on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, which includes people staying in emergency shelters (ES) and transitional housing projects (TH). In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, public health concerns, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) unsheltered point-in-time count guidance and allowed waivers, the KY BoS CoC has decided to opt out of the unsheltered count portion of the 2021 K-Count (i.e. we will not conduct an official unsheltered count). However, local communities are free to conduct their own unsheltered counts for local use if they want to do so. KHC will provide unsheltered survey materials for communities electing to conduct unsheltered counts.
KHC will hold two, identical webinar trainings for ES and TH projects participating in the sheltered portion of the K-Count. The trainings are for both ES and TH projects that use the KY Homeless Management Information System (KYHMIS) and those that do not.
Registration for the trainings is required; the link for each can be found below.
- Tuesday, January 19, 2021
10 a.m. ET
- Wednesday, January 20, 2021
2:30 p.m. ET
Counting Us App
The Counting Us app will be used to collect and report to KHC data for people sleeping in emergency shelters and transitional housing projects that do not use the KY Homelessness Management Information System (KYHMS). Communities electing to conduct unsheltered counts will also have access to the Counting Us app for data collection. Counting Us can be used in real-time while interviewing people by downloading the Counting Us app to your phone/tablet, or you can use the web-based version to enter data into the electronic platform after it has been captured on paper copies of the surveys. Below, you will find instructions for downloading the app or accessing Counting Us via the web-based option.
When prompted for a set-up key while creating a Counting Us account, use KY2021.
Using the Counting Us app is the preferred method for collecting data in real time. However, paper copies of the surveys are available below. If responses are collected via paper, the individual responses must still be entered into Counting Us by using either the online version of the platform or through the phone/tablet app.
KYHMIS K-Count Directions
More information coming soon.
Housing Inventory Count
Each year in conjunction with the annual Point in Time Count (i.e., K-Count), the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires each CoC to collect information on the bed and unit inventory available as part of its homelessness response system. This is known as the Housing Inventory Count (HIC). All emergency shelters (ES) and transitional housing (TH) projects that submit data for the K-Count, regardless of funding source, must submit a HIC form to KHC. In addition, all Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) projects, regardless of funding source, must also submit HIC Forms.
A webinar training for the Housing Inventory Count will be held at 2 p.m. ET Monday, January 25, 2021. The webinar will be recorded. Registration is required.
2021 HIC Form Instructions
2021 Housing Inventory Count Form ES, TH, PSH
2021 Housing Inventory Count Form RRH
Fillable Spreadsheet to Answer Q21 on ES, TH, and PSH HIC Form