The pricing model we use for the technical framework to support a regional point in time count is based on the size, funding and proportion of  people that are unsheltered in the region. We use the HUD Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) figures, found here, as a guide.  We would be happy to provide a detailed price quote if you contact us and ask for pricing details. 

We know that this is an investment so it is also important to consider the administrative costs and burden of a paper-based count that impacts both the accuracy and timeliness of a final report.  San Antonio believes they cut over 200 staff hours by automating and Virginia used to have three staff spend two to three weeks entering in data.  Also, consider that several points on the annual HUD SuperNOFA competition are attributed to how well the region conducts the Point in Time Count. 

The technical framework includes access to the Counting Us mobile app and the Point in Time Command Center.  Key features of this framework include:

  • A secure data store to receive and manage surveys gathered from count volunteers;
  • Command Center access to provide management of the count in real-time;
  • Both a web-based version of the Counting Us app along with apps that can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store;
  • Ability to produce HUD-compliant Unsheltered Homeless Reports;
  • Ability to produce HUD-compliant Sheltered Homeless Report based on those surveys that were submitted through the app or web version;
  • Maps of your CoC, with defined boundaries, incorporated into the Command Center;
  • A print-friendly map which shows the exact location of where each survey was conducted;
  • An "Export Data" function to allow for data to be analyzed using other tools such as Tableau or Excel;
  • The ability to archive records for people who were served in shelters, deemed not homeless, or counted more than once;
  • Access to online training sessions, technical support materials, and our virtual help desk.
  • Virtual help desk support services throughout the night of your count. 

Additional Services

In addition to the core technical framework, Simtech Solutions offers a wide range of additional services to support your region's count. Pricing for these services is based on a time and materials with estimates provided upon request. 

Planning 
We can provide virtual or in-person planning with Count Administrators and Team Leaders to plan for an effective switch to mobile technology. These sessions will review issues such as team management, requirements for training, ensuring accurate coverage, etc.

Training
Although video trainings will be available for everyone, Simtech is available to provide virtual or in-person training for Team Leaders to ensure that the benefits of using mobile technology are maximized and that data clean up is minimized following the event.

Onsite Support
Simtech staff can be made available in person to support the entire count process.  This includes manning an onsite support desk to get volunteers set up and rolling with the app as well as supporting Regional Administrators, with the help of the Regional Command Center, throughout the day and night of the count.

Geographic-Based Sampling 
Some regions are simply too large geographically, and/or regrettably have too large of an unsheltered homeless population, to survey everyone. Through a strategic partnership with statistician Dan Treglia, PhD, we can establish a sampling methodology for your region that has proven statistical rigor.  This work will largely mirror the practices we used for conducting a statewide count for Connecticut and will enable your large region to generate statistically reliable results without requiring full volunteer coverage.  

Report Writing 
Simtech can help with producing a final report for stakeholders in the region.  This includes highlights of key findings, analysis of year over year trends, high-quality maps, and graphic design services.