The Whatcom County Health Department, in partnership with the Opportunity Council, published the 2022 Point in Time (PiT) Homelessness Count report today, Friday, July 22. The report provides a snapshot of persons experiencing homelessness in Whatcom County based on annual surveys that have been conducted each year since 2008. The PiT is normally conducted in late January, but the 2022 count was delayed until Feb. 24 because of a January COVID-19 surge.
Notable findings from the 2022 Point in Time Count include:
“I really want to thank our many partners for their diligent work to ensure the 2022 PiT numbers were as complete as possible, despite the challenges caused by the pandemic,” said Chris D’Onofrio, housing specialist with Whatcom County Health Department. “It is also worth noting that many housing support programs expanded in the last few years to provide additional units of permanent supportive housing, more rental assistance, and a huge increase in eviction prevention support.”
There were 1,352 households with 2,335 individuals who received some form of housing support through one of Whatcom County’s partner organizations. These critical programs have likely contributed to our lower Point in Time count numbers in 2022 by assisting individuals and families to transition out of homelessness and also keep people from losing their homes in the first place. This was made possible by a cooperative funding approach that included federal agencies, the Washington State Department of Commerce, the City of Bellingham, and local resources from Whatcom County.
For those at risk of homelessness, resources are available to help. Households who have fallen behind on rent payments should visit the Opportunity Council Rental Assistance webpage at https://bit.ly/3RPITjv or call 360-746-3826.
Read the full report online.