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 2016-2020

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.