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 2018 point in time count (PIT) will take place on January 25, 2018.
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.
HUD Point in Time Count (PIT) Methodology Guide (web)
HUD 2018 PIT Count and Housing Inventory Guidance (PDF)
HUD 2013 Guidance on Counting Homeless Youth (web)
Urban Institute Strategies for Counting Homeless Youth (PDF)
Urban Institute Youth Count! Process Study (web)
HUD Point in Time Survey Tools (web)
HUD Homeless Data Exchange (web)
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).
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.
Point in Time Count Coordinator