One Night Count

One Night Count and Point in Time Counts


Every January, communities around the country – and every county in Washington State – complete local Point in Time Counts of homelessness. These manual counts of people experiencing homelessness give us a snapshot of how the homeless system is performing.

In King County, the One Night Count -- the oldest count in the nation -- is hosted by Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness and Operation Nightwatch.

In 2013, our project really rallied around the Counts, with our entire team spreading out across two counties to join one or more counts around the region, then sharing their experiences on Firesteel. Their reflections still resonate today, and provide an excellent perspective on the meaning of these important assessments and the vital role that volunteers play. Check them out!