How data is used: past reports

Locally, the results of this census are compiled into the County’s annual “Point in Time Count of Homeless Persons Report”, often referred to as the annual homeless census report. This homeless census report serves to:

  • Provide an accurate count of homeless people, the causes of their homelessness, and other demographic information;
  • Quantify needs based on numbers of homeless people, which in turn brings in federal and state dollars to provide homeless shelter, transitional housing and other services;
  • Assess resources currently available; and
  • Analyze needs and resource gaps to serve as the basis for local strategic responses to homelessness.

If you’re interested in learning more, our community has lots of resources for you. Two additional sites directly associated with the Homeless Census are the official I Count Facebook page, and the City of Olympia’s Homelessness page. You can find both of those here:

I Count Thurston Facebook Page

City of Olympia: Homelessness