Homeless Counts and PIT Resources

Homeless Management Information System

Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count

Since 2003, HUD has required continuums across our nation to report the number of people who are homeless at a particular time of the year (in the last week of January).  The annual homeless count facilitates the need for continuums to collect data and report on the number of homeless.  The data is used for (1) housing and service planning, (2) demonstrating need, (3) raising public awareness, (4) accurately identifying the needs population, e.g. chronically homeless and veterans, and (5) measuring performance in reducing/ending homelessness.

Recent Point In Time Homeless Count Data


Opportunities to Participate in the Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count

Sheltered and Unsheltered PIT Census Date:  Wednesday, 1/27/2021

Planning Meetings

The Homeless Count Subcommittee meets regularly to plan and implement the annual street and shelter Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count.

Contact: Pat Rogers with Community Action


Due to the vulnerability of individuals who will be contacted in the PIT, anyone who will be serving as a PIT volunteer is required to attend training on facts about homelessness, safety practices, and how to administer the PIT interview. This training will be available in person and as an online video and quiz.

To apply to be a volunteer and to sign up for the training opportunities listed above, click on this link for the 2020 Point-In-Time Application.  

Volunteer or Donate

The street outreach is performed by teams of volunteers aligned with a lead outreach staff. To volunteer your time or donations of new socks, hygiene supplies, etc., please contact Community Action staff at stirado@caowash.org and tdowner@caowash.org

Donation Wish List
  • Warm and water proof hats and gloves (Please no Dollar Tree items)
  • Meal Bars
  • Gift cards to get a hot meal (McDonalds)
  • Hand/Foot Warmers
  • Hygiene Items



Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)

What is the AHAR?
The Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) is a report to the U.S. Congress on the extent and nature of homelessness in America. The report is prepared by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and provides nationwide estimates of homelessness, including information about the demographic characteristics of homeless persons, service use patterns, and the capacity to house homeless persons. The report is based primarily on Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data about persons who experience homelessness during a 12-month period.  The report does not include homeless in safe haven and rapid re-housing programs. 

The reports below represent the data collection by providers of emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing in Washington County's Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) for clients served between October 1 and September 30.