The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is required every other year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to receive federal funding, however, it is widely understood to be an undercount. The PIT has traditionally been conducted as a one-night census by volunteers in January.

In 2022, the RHA received a methodological exception to conduct the count in a different way, aligned with our Understanding Unsheltered Homelessness Project, which sought more qualitative data. In 2023, the RHA conducted a sheltered count and housing inventory count, but did not conduct an unsheltered count.

People Experiencing Homelessness

MeasureMethodologyLead Agency Number (King County)
2020 Point in Time CountPoint in Time; Single NightAll Home11,751 individuals
2022 Point in Time CountPoint in Time; Single NightKCRHA13,368 individuals
2023 Snapshot ReportState Administrative Data; Single NightWA Department of Commerce34,866 individuals
2020 Cross-Systems AnalysisAdministrative Data; Annualized NumberKing County Department of Community and Health Services40,871 individuals
2022 Housing Gaps AnalysisStatistical Modeling; Administrative Data; Annualized NumberWA Department of Commerce & Cloudburst Consulting53,532 individuals

More information about methodology is available in the 5-Year Plan.

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2020 Count Us In Report

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