On January 25, 2019, Pierce County will conduct the Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count.

The PIT Count allows us to talk with people to learn more about their homelessness.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Valeri Knight.

Volunteers will be stationed at meal sites, day shelters, events such as Project Homeless Connect, and DSHS offices throughout Pierce County. and will complete surveys of people experiencing homelessness.

PIT Count Volunteers:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must attend a Point in Time Count Training
  • Search for unsheltered homeless within designated locations
  • Survey individuals experiencing homelessness using a mobile app
  • Provide individuals who have been surveyed with incentives as available
  • At least one member on the team must have access to a smart phone, tablet, or laptop with wi-fi.

Questions? Contact us!

Donations are given to anyone who is experiencing homelessness on the night of the PIT, and provides a starting point for the conversation to complete the survey. We are accepting donations until January 23, 2019.

Items Needed:
  • Socks
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Hygiene Kits:  Shampoo, Conditioner, Soaps, Razors, Deodorant, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Feminine Products
  • Warm Blankets/Space Blankets
  • First Aid Kits
  • Hand and Foot Warmers
  • Packaged Foods:  Granola Bars, Bottled Water, Etc.
Drop off donations to ANY Pierce County Library, or one of the locations below:

Lakewood Community Center
9112 Lakewood Drive SW Lakewood, WA
Open Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Sundays 9AM-Noon

Pierce County Human Services - Soundview Office
3602 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA
Open Monday-Friday, 9AM-4PM
Drop off at front desk

Share and Care House
702 23rd Ave. SE Puyallup, WA
Open Monday-Friday, 9AM-3PM
Drop off through orange door

*Please ask for FLASH staff
1701 Elm Street E. Sumner, WA
Open Fridays, 8AM-4PM
Section Break
  1. 2018 PIT Data
  2. 2017 PIT Data
  3. 2016 PIT Data

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.

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 (temporarily living in 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 the last Friday in January, and is carried out by volunteers who interview people and asks where they slept the night before, where their last residence was located, what may have contributed to their loss of housing, and 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 number of volunteers, and by the level of engagement of the people we are interviewing. Comparisons from year to year should be done with those limitations 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