Point in Time Count

2019 Point-In-Time (PIT) Complete Details

Be Counted!  View Locations and Schedule

2019 PIT Press Release

2019 Point in Time Count Flyer
La Pine Homeless Count Flyer 2019
Bend – PIT Count Flyer – 2019

WHAT is the PIT Count? 

A confidential survey of residents experiencing homelessness in Central Oregon.

WHO should take the survey? I’m not sure I should participate. What do you mean by homeless?

We will be surveying people who are in the following living situations:

  • Sleeping outside
  • Staying in a shelter or emergency housing
  • Staying in a hotel or motel that’s paid for by an agency or program
  • Living in a vehicle, tent, camper, RV (with no hook ups), or abandoned building
  • Living in a trailer, barn, shed or garage on a relative’s or friend’s property
  • Temporarily living with relatives, friends, or others, or couch-surfing

WHEN is the PIT Count? 

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019.  Surveys may be conducted anytime between January 23rd -25th on where people resided on the night of January 23rd, 2019.

WHERE will surveys be conducted?

Sites throughout Central Oregon including churches, social service organizations, food banks, etc. Volunteers may also seek out sites where unsheltered people reside to survey them, such as camp sites and parks.

WHY is there a PIT Count?

The results of this count will help bring funds for services to Central Oregon so that we can help unsheltered families and individuals to obtain housing services. The PIT Count captures experiences and needs of our homeless population so that we can educate our community and improve services.

PIT Counts will be taking place January 23rd, January 24th, and January 25th, depending on location. 

View dates, locations and times on the Community Calendar!


Training and Volunteer Documents:
2019 PIT Survey FINAL-Updated
Instructions for Full Survey Completion_PIT2019
Confidentiality form for PIT volunteers

Volunteer Training Schedule:

Redmond: Monday 1/7  – 3:00pm at the VFW Hall in Redmond
Warm Springs 1/10 –  5:30pm at the Family Resource Center
Madras: 1/10 – 3:30 at the LINC Office
Bend: Friday 1/11 –  8-9am at the Bend Downtown Library
La Pine:  1/16 – 9am at the La Pine Community Health Center’s Community Room
Prineville: 1/17 – 2-4 and 5-7 at the Health Department conference room.
Sisters: Please Join the Bend Training, 1/11 8-9am at the Downtown Bend Library

Central Oregon Point in Time Count

Each January, the HLC conducts a one-night count of people who are experiencing homelessness in our region.  Agencies, volunteers, and other community partners throughout Central Oregon come together to conduct the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count.  The count of people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January is required by HUD and includes persons who are:

  • Living in a place not meant for human habitation
  • Sheltered in emergency shelters
  • Enrolled in transitional housing program dedicated to those experiencing homelessness

In addition to the HUD requirements, Central Oregon also counts people who are at-risk of homelessness and asks additional questions about causes of homelessness, where people were last stably housed, ability to access healthcare, and more.

Brief Summary

On January 24, 2018, there were at least 787 people who experienced “literal” homelessness (see HUD definition above). The total number of households surveyed increased 12% from 2017. Of the people surveyed, 70% (555 adults and children) identified as unsheltered on this night – meaning they stayed in a place not meant for human habitation on this night.

Additional increases from 2017 were seen among unsheltered populations, including unsheltered adults (25%), unsheltered unaccompanied youth ages 18-24 (60%), unsheltered individuals who identified as having a serious mental illness (40%), and unsheltered individuals struggling with substance use (16%).

As in previous years, economic reasons, particularly “couldn’t afford rent”, and “unemployment” were cited as the primary cause of people’s homelessness.

A full report, released in June, includes results by Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook counties, as well as data on additional subpopulations, household types, access to healthcare, and those who were “doubled up”.

Read more about the 2018 Point In Time Count partners and planning efforts here.


Past Point in Time Count Results

 NOTE:  An important note about the data.  Because of changes to methodology and definitions of homelessness, it is not advisable to compare between years.  If you would like specific information about the HUD reported numbers and cross-year comparisons, please contact us.  

2015 Point in Time Count Results

2014 Point in Time Count Results

2013 Point in Time Count Results

2011 Point in Time Count Results

2010 Point in Time Count Results

2009 Point in Time Count Results