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Homelessness -- Oregon -- Portland, Homeless persons -- Oregon -- Portland, Homelessness -- Government policy -- Oregon, Homelessness -- Social aspects


The 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count of Homelessness provides a snapshot of people who were experiencing homelessness on the night of Wednesday, February 22, 2017, in Portland, Gresham, and Multnomah County, Oregon. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires communities to count people living in emergency shelters, transitional housing or places not meant for human habitation (these people are collectively known as “HUD homeless”) on a single night (a “point in time”) at least once every two years. This enumeration is one way of understanding the levels and trends in unmet need for shelter and permanent housing within the community. The last PIT count was conducted on January 28, 2015.

The objective of this report is to share the results of the 2017 PIT count. The data analysis and findings provide the following:

  • a snapshot of people experiencing homelessness (unsheltered and sheltered) on the night of February 22, 2017
  • demographic characteristics of people in unsheltered and sheltered locations
  • additional findings on the population that is unsheltered


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This report was prepared in collaboration between the Population Research Center and the Survey Research Lab at Portland State University for the City of Portland, the City of Gresham, Multnomah County and the Coordinating Board of A Home for Everyone.

The 2019 Point-in-Time: Count of Homelessness in Portland/Gresham/Multnomah County, Oregon is available here:

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