The 2021 annual Point in Time (PIT) count of people experiencing homelessness in Washington state will be on the night of Thursday, Jan. 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.
2021 PIT Count Data Entry Webinar
Note: this webinar is required if you are entering data into HMIS for the 2021 PIT Count. If you haven’t done the normal HMIS Training yet, you need to do that and this training.
Here is more information about HMIS Trainings, including a calendar to sign up for any of the trainings.
Conducting the 2021 Unsheltered PIT Count (hudexchange.info)
HUD Point in Time Count (PIT) Methodology Guide (web)
HUD 2021 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)
HUD PIT Resources (web)
Landlord Fund Programs
Consolidated Homeless Grant
Annual Point in Time Count
Continuum of Care
Emergency Solutions Grant
Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
HUD Section 811 Rental Assistance
Homeless Student Stability Program (HSSP)
Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
Homeless System Performance
Office of Homeless Youth
Homeless Services Grantee Training
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.
Federal Programs and HMIS Data Systems Manager