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Annual Point in Time Count

The 2021 annual Point in Time (PIT) count of people experiencing homelessness in Washington state will be on the night of Thursday, January 28. This year we will be conducting the sheltered count only. There will be no statewide unsheltered count.

 Each year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Washington State require a statewide count of all persons staying in temporary housing programs (sheltered count) and places not meant for human habitation (unsheltered count). Due to difficulties and dangers imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD and Washington State are allowing communities to choose not to conduct an unsheltered count. The regular sheltered count is still required.

 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

2021 PIT State Guidelines Under Development
2021 PIT HMIS Training Under Development


PIT Forms