Point-in-Time Count

The 2022 Point in Time Count will be on Tuesday, January 25th, 2022.

PURPOSE of the Point in Time Homeless Count:

Every two years, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires communities to conduct a Point-in-Time (PIT) Count of individuals, youth, and families experiencing homelessness and provide accompanying data. A “snapshot” of homelessness (both sheltered and unsheltered) in our community and nationally. Locally, the data helps:

  • Inform program, policy, funding, and system design decisions
  • Measure progress in decreasing homelessness
  • Increase public awareness
  • Advocate for additional resources in our effort to end homelessness countywide.

How this Count will be Different:

The next count is scheduled for January 25, 2022 at 5 am; this count is significant since the January 2021 count was postponed due to COVID-19. This upcoming count is different than in years past as it will rely more on technology for recruitment, training, deployment of volunteers, and reporting of data to minimize exposure to COVID. A successful count is dependent on community participation; however, volunteers will not be randomly placed together as in previous years. It is hoped that volunteers who know each other, workgroups, or family groups will volunteer together as “social pods”. The official link to sign up to volunteer for the count will be live in late November/early December. Fewer community volunteers will be utilized this year due to a heavier reliance on outreach teams paired with guides due to COVID considerations. 

Click here for the 2019 EveryOne Counts! Infographic

For additional questions about this report, please contact Katie Haverly at khaverly@everyonehome.org

Four cities in Alameda County had the opportunity to learn more about their homeless populations.  See below for their reports.  

The sheltered portion of the count is extracted from data in the County’s Homeless Management Information System, called InHOUSE, operated by the Alameda County Department of Housing and Community Development. InHOUSE includes data on all persons who occupied a shelter or transitional housing bed on the night of the count.  Starting in 2017, the Alameda County unsheltered homeless count will use a street blitz methodology. Learn more about the methodology here.

Coverage of 2019 Point-in-Time Count:

SF Chronicle: Letter to the Editor: Look to the real cause of homelessness
KQED: Elaine de Coligny, Executive Director if EveryOne Home discusses the point-in-time data and why it matters.
KQED: Oakland homelessness increases 47% in two years
KTVU: Latest numbers show homelessness up 47% in Alameda County
KPIX: Report: Oakland is home to over half of Alameda County’s rising homeless population
The Mercury News: Oakland’s homeless population grows 47 percent in 2 years
KTVU: Latest numbers show homelessness up 47% in Alameda County
Mercury News: ‘It’s definitely not getting better:’Homelessness up 43 percent in Alameda County
KQED: Mayor Homeless Spikes Reported in San Francisco, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties
KTUV: Volunteers fan out to count homeless in Alameda County 
SF Chronicle: Counting homeless people in Oakland 
The Mercury News: Volunteers take stock of Bay Area’s crisis in biennial homeless count
Coverage of  2017 Point-in-Time Count:
ABC7News: Countywide survey finds record number of homeless living in Alameda County 
KTVU:  Count Indicates Alameda County homelessness increased 40% in 2 Years KTVU: Oakland Homeless Count: Analysis
SFGATE: Survey finds surge in homelessness in Oakland, Alameda County 
EastBayExpress: New Data Shows Significant Rise in Homelessness in Alameda County

KQED:Alameda County’s Homeless Count Shows Much Higher Numbers than Previous Thought
TheDailyCalifornian: Berkeley’s Homeless Population Nears 1,000 During “Homeless Shelter Crisis”
East Bay Times: Survey Confirms Oakland Homeless Crisis Growing Worse