Homeless Counts and PIT Resources

Homeless Management Information System

Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count

Since 2003, HUD has required continuums across our nation to report the number of people who are homeless at a particular time of the year (in the last week of January).  The annual homeless count facilitates the need for continuums to collect data and report on the number of homeless.  The data is used for (1) housing and service planning, (2) demonstrating need, (3) raising public awareness, (4) accurately identifying the needs population, e.g. chronically homeless and veterans, and (5) measuring performance in reducing/ending homelessness.

Recent Point In Time Homeless Count Data


Opportunities to Participate in the Annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count

Planning Meetings

The Homeless Count Subcommittee meets regularly to plan and implement the annual street and shelter Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count.

Contact: Pat Rogers with Community Action


Due to the vulnerability of individuals who will be contacted in the PIT, anyone who will be serving as a PIT volunteer is required to attend training on facts about homelessness, safety practices, and how to administer the PIT interview. This training will be available in person and as an online video and quiz.

Currently training is scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Hillsboro Civic Center Room 113C/150 E. Main St., Hillsboro, OR 97123
  • Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Council Chambers at Beaverton City Hall/Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR 97005)
  • Friday, January 12, 2018 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Council Chambers at Beaverton City Hall/Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR 97005)
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm City of Tigard Public Works Auditorium/8777 SW Burnham St., Tigard, OR 97223

Other training dates will be announced as soon as they are established. Large groups may be able to receive in-person training at their location. Otherwise, a training video and quiz will be made available.

To apply to be a volunteer, click on this link for the 2018 Point-In-Time Volunteer Application.  

Volunteer or Donate

The street outreach is performed by teams of volunteers aligned with a lead outreach staff. To volunteer your time or donations of new socks, hygiene supplies, etc., please contact Pat Rogers with Community Action or Jeanne-Marie Ritter with Luke-Dorf, Inc.

Donation Wish List
  • Warm and water proof hats and gloves (Please no Dollar Tree items)
  • Meal Bars
  • Gift cards to get a hot meal (McDonalds)
  • Hand/Foot Warmers
  • Hygiene Items



Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)

What is the AHAR?
The Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) is a report to the U.S. Congress on the extent and nature of homelessness in America. The report is prepared by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and provides nationwide estimates of homelessness, including information about the demographic characteristics of homeless persons, service use patterns, and the capacity to house homeless persons. The report is based primarily on Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data about persons who experience homelessness during a 12-month period.  The report does not include homeless in safe haven and rapid re-housing programs. 

The reports below represent the data collection by providers of emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing in Washington County's Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) for clients served between October 1 and September 30. Currently, the following programs are included in the AHAR reporting:

Emergency Shelter (ES): Boys and Girls Aid Safe Place for Youth, Community Action Family Shelter, Family Bridge, and Good Neighbor Center.

Transitional Housing (TH): Boys and Girls Aid Transitional Living Program, Homeless to Work, LifeWorks Northwest Fredrick House, Washington County Department of Housing Services Transitional Housing Program, and the Salvation Army Grant and Per Diem Program.

Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH): LifeWorks Northwest Tom Brewer House, Luke-Dorf Hillsboro Independent Living Program, Sequoia Mental Health Services Tri-Haven, The Knoll (serving chronic homeless Veterans with project-based Section 8 subsidy), Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (VASH) Vouchers, and the Washington County Legacy Shelter Plus Care rent assistance program.