Point in Time Count

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2021 Point In Time (PIT) Count

The Homeless Leadership Coalition (HLC) released the results of its 2021 Point In-Time Count, which provides a snap shot of homelessness in Central Oregon the night of January 20, 2021. 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 scope of the crisis, the reasons for homelessness and the barriers people experiencing homelessness face in finding appropriate and adequate housing.

View 2021 takeaways here: Point in Time Count 2021

Comparison 2015-2021

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.

  • 1,099 people experienced homelessness in Central Oregon on January 20, 2021, an increase of 13.42% over last year.
  • To review historic PIT data through a racial equity lens, visit this site and filter to OR-503 .
POPULATION 2015  2017  2018  2019  2020  2021     % CHANGE
TOTAL (Adults + Children)594778787880969109913.42
All Households40951057 261658683642.66
Individuals in Families (1AD +1CH)211284199243360165-54.17
Adults (18+ years old)46561566377360498963.74
All Children (<18 years old)129163124147203110-45.81
Unaccompanied Children (<18)1271520618200.00
All Youth (18-24 years old)5578947671175146.48
Unaccompanied Youth (18-24)4361835248154220.83
Chronically Homeless Veterans30492222278-70.37
Chronically Homeless Individuals16118713916028674-74.13


  • Sheltered: Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Hotel/Motel Paid for by an agency
  • Unsheltered:  Living in a place not meant for human habitation (i.e. car, outside, on street or public lands, in abandoned building, etc.)
  • Household: a group of respondents who self report as a household (could be partners or parents and children)
For additional information, please contact info@cohomeless.org.


  • All data is self-reported.
  • Conducted for the night of January 20; surveys collected over a two – week period
  • Service providers and volunteers surveyed people accessing services via shelters, transitional housing, at meal sites and food banks, drop-in centers, health clinics, hotels/motels, and while conducting street outreach
    • Remote schooling limited our usual success with counting the youth population
  • Counts occurred in La Pine, Sunriver, Bend, Sisters, Redmond, Prineville, Madras and Warm Springs
  • Most years, 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. This year the count was restricted to HUD required data due Covid-19 staffing constraints and a need to limit the spread of  the novel coronavirus.