Point in Time Count

Central Oregon Point in Time Count

Each January, the HLC conducts a one-night count of people who are experiencing homelessness in our region.  Agencies, volunteers, and other community partners throughout Central Oregon come together to conduct the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count.  The count of people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January is required by HUD and includes persons who are:

  • Living in a place not meant for human habitation
  • Sheltered in emergency shelters
  • Enrolled in transitional housing program dedicated to those experiencing homelessness

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.

Brief Summary

On January 24, 2018, there were at least 787 people who experienced “literal” homelessness (see HUD definition above). The total number of households surveyed increased 12% from 2017. Of the people surveyed, 70% (555 adults and children) identified as unsheltered on this night – meaning they stayed in a place not meant for human habitation on this night.

Additional increases from 2017 were seen among unsheltered populations, including unsheltered adults (25%), unsheltered unaccompanied youth ages 18-24 (60%), unsheltered individuals who identified as having a serious mental illness (40%), and unsheltered individuals struggling with substance use (16%).

As in previous years, economic reasons, particularly “couldn’t afford rent”, and “unemployment” were cited as the primary cause of people’s homelessness.

A full report, released in June, includes results by Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook counties, as well as data on additional subpopulations, household types, access to healthcare, and those who were “doubled up”.

Read more about the 2018 Point In Time Count partners and planning efforts here.


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.  

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