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.
- View the results of the 2022 Point-in-Time Count
- How does the PIT Count compare to the number of households served in the homeless response system? Check out the Measuring Homelessness Dashboard
- Review the cross-systems analysis by King County’s DCHS, a more accurate data collection method, which found over 40,000 people experiencing homelessness over the course of a year.
- Review the Point-In-Time Count and Housing Inventory Count at: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/hdx/pit-hic/