Point in Time Count

2020 Point In Time (PIT) Count

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The Homeless Leadership Coalition (HLC) has released the results of its 2020 Point In-Time Count, which provides a snap shot of homelessness  in Central Oregon then night of January 29 , 2020. This survey queries people experiencing homelessness, in transitional housing or at-risk of becoming homeless in Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. It is a part of a state and national effort to understand the reasons for homelessness and the barriers people experiencing homeless face in finding appropriate and adequate housing.

COMPARISON CHART: 2016-2020. Total Populations

This summary includes ONLY survey respondents that met the HUD definition of literally homeless – sheltered and unsheltered. Additional questions were asked and surveys collected for people at-risk of homelessness or in unstable housing situations who do not meet the HUD definition of homeless.

Key Points:

  • 969 people experienced homelessness in Central Oregon on January 29, 2020, an increase of 10% over last year.
  • The primary reported reasons for homelessness continues to be economic.
POPULATION20152017201820192020% CHANGE
TOTAL (Adults + Children)59477878788096910%
All Households409510572616586-5%
Individuals in Families (1AD +1CH)21128419924336048%
Adults (18+ years old)465615663773604-22%
All Children (<18 years old)12916312414720338%
Unaccompanied Children (<18)12715206-70%
All Youth (18-24 years old)5578947671-7%
Unaccompanied Youth (18-24)4361835248-8%
Chronically Homeless Veterans304922222723%
Chronically Homeless Individuals16118713916028679%



  • Sheltered = Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Hotel/Motel Paid for with Voucher
  • Unsheltered = place not meant for human habitation (i.e. car, outside, abandoned building, etc.)


  • Conducted for the night of January 29th; surveys collected over a 3-day period
  • Dozens of trained volunteers surveyed people in shelters, transitional housing, at meal sites and food banks, drop-in centers, health clinics, hotels/motels, camp sites, RV parks, and through street canvassing.
  • Counts occurred in La Pine, Sunriver, Bend, Sisters, Redmond, Prineville, Madras and Warm Springs
  • All data is self-reported and incentives were given for participation.
  • 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.

For additional information, please contact info@cohomeless.org.

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.

2019 Point In Time Count presentation

2018 Point in Time Count Results

2017 Point In Time Count Results

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