Annual Point in Time Count

The Homeless Housing and Assistance Act (website) requires that each county In Washington State conduct an annual point in time count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons. This census is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The 2017 point in time count (PIT) will take place on January 26, 2017.
The Department of Commerce provides survey forms for counties and agencies to use for their counts. Counties can opt to use their own forms as long as the count is compliant with state guidelines linked below.

Count Overview

PIT Commerce Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Data Entry Instructions 2017 (PDF)
Strategies for a Successful Point in Time Count
PIT State Guidelines 2017 (PDF)
PIT Surveyor Instructions 2017 (PDF)
PIT Surveyor Instructions 2017 in Spanish (PDF)
PIT Coordinators - Contact Information 2017 (PDF)

PIT Forms

2017 Unsheltered Survey (Word, PDF)
2017 Unsheltered Survey in Spanish (Word, PDF)
2017 Sheltered Survey (Word, PDF)
2017 Sheltered Survey in Spanish (Word, PDF)
2017 Sheltered Survey for DV agencies - no consent line (Word, PDF)
2017 Sheltered Survey for DV agencies in Spanish - no consent line (Word, PDF)


HUD Point in Time Count (PIT) Methodology Guide (website)
HUD 2017 PIT Count and Housing Inventory Guidance  (website)
HUD 2013 Guidance on Counting Homeless Youth (website)
Urban Institute Strategies for Counting Homeless Youth (PDF)
Urban Institute Youth Count! Process Study (website)
HUD Point in Time Survey Tools (website)
HUD Homeless Data Exchange (website)

Need Help?

If you or someone you know needs assistance, you can find help using this list of Washington State Homeless Adult & Family Coordinated Entry Sites (PDF) or 211 Washington Information Network (web).

Count Results

2017 Summary  (PDF) (Updated in August)
2017 Counties (PDF) (Updated in August)

Contact Information

Commerce does not provide services directly to people who are at risk for or experiencing homelessness. Please refer to the "Need Help?" links above if you need individual assistance.

Ian Kinder-Pyle
Point in Time Count Coordinator
Phone: 360-725-2976