​Point-In-Time Count


What is the Point-In-Time Count?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Washington State Department of Commerce require communities to conduct a one-day Point-In-Time (PIT) Count to survey individuals experiencing homelessness. PIT Counts are one source of data among many that help us understand the magnitude and characteristics of people who are homeless in our community and in the United States.

The Point-In-Time (PIT) Count is a one day snapshot that captures the characteristics and situations of people living here without a home. The PIT Count includes both sheltered individuals (emergency shelters or transitional housing) and unsheltered individuals (those sleeping outside or living in places that are not meant for human habitation).

The annual PIT Count happens at the end of January, and is carried out by volunteers who interview people using a standard survey form that asks people where they slept the night before, where their last residence was located, what may have contributed to their loss of housing, and what disabilities the individual may have. It also asks how long the individual has been homeless, age, and demographics, and whether the person is a veteran and/or a survivor of domestic violence.

Like all surveys, the PIT Count has limitations. Results from the Count are influenced by the weather, by availability of overflow shelter beds, by the nature of the volunteers, and by the level of engagement of the people we are interviewing. Comparisons from year to year should be done with loose limitation in mind.

"The Point-In-Time Count provides the homeless assistance community with the data needed to understand the number and characteristics of persons who are homeless at one point in time."

-U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

 Kitsap County Annual Point-in-Time Count Survey Training Video


Kitsap County News

​Preliminary Count Results - Winter 2020

Volunteer Count - 109

Volunteer Hours - 495

Preliminary Results (Unduplicated Individuals)

Individuals Unsheltered - 199

Individuals in Emergency Shelters - 112

Individuals at Salvation Army Winter Shelter - 71

Individuals in Transitional Housing - 151

Total Individuals Counted - 533


Contact Us

   Carl Borg, Division Manager
   360-979-6027 or ceborg@kitsap.gov

   Cory Derenburger, Division Specialist
   360-362-0404 or cderenbu@kitsap.gov

   Doug Washburn, 
   Director Department of Human Services

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