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About the Continuum of Care

Prince William Area Continuum of Care (PWA COC) promotes community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. The goal of the PWA CoC is to quickly re-house homeless households to minimize trauma and dislocation. PWA COC promotes access to effective utilization of mainstream programs; and optimizes self-sufficiency among households experiencing homelessness.


  • The PWA CoC regularly hosts HMIS trainings through our HMIS Administrator for anyone holding a valid HMIS User license. Please reach out to to find out more about these opportunities and keep an eye out here for upcoming Community and CoC Partner non-HMIS general training opportunities

PWA CoC 2020 Point in Time (PIT) Count

What is the PWA CoC Point in Time Count?

The PIT is an annual count of persons experiencing homelessness on a single night each year in January as required by the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The Prince William County Department of Social Services (DSS) is the lead for the Prince William Area Continuum of Care (CoC), which includes the areas of Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

Why is the PIT Count Important?

The PIT provides a “snapshot” of the nature and extent of homelessness in our area. The data collected during the count is used to inform funding decisions, support services and resource planning, as well as, raise public awareness about homelessness.

We need your help with counting/surveying persons in our CoC who are actively homeless the night of PIT at pre-determined locations. We are also looking for volunteers to assist PWC DSS staff with “Headquarter” operations that same night.

The annual PWA CoC PIT count will be on January 22, 2020 from 6PM – 12AM with a back-up date for inclement weather the following day. Interested parties should see the below registration link and flyer for more information on volunteering for the count. 

CoC Data




Please submit your completed application to the Homeless Services Division at

The PWA CoC is comprised of local and county government, non-profit providers, faith based organizations, outreach organizations, and citizens at large.

Homeless Services is committed to preventing and ending homelessness. Through our Coordinated Entry System (CES) we strive to immediately assess the needs of households seeking assistance and quickly connect them to the most appropriate resource for their circumstances. Contact the Coordinated Entry System 703-792-3366.   Click here for more information about CES.


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