The Homeless Housing and Assistance Act (website) requires that each county in Washington 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 2020 Point in Time (PIT) Count was on Thursday, Jan. 23. Commerce expects to publish finalized statewide results in July 2020 after all counties have reported their counts.
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 2019 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)
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