Department of Homeless Services (DHS) annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE)

Date posted: January 8, 2015

On Monday, January 26, 2015 the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) will conduct its annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) Count. This is a unique opportunity for you and members of your community to volunteer and participate in an extraordinary citywide effort. To assist us with this effort, DHS needs approximately 3,000 volunteers to help survey the number of homeless individuals living on city streets, parks and in other public spaces throughout New York City.

The participation of our fellow New Yorkers is critical. We encourage those who have volunteered before to sign up again, and for first-time volunteers to join us in our efforts to accurately count the number of street homeless individuals.

If you, your staff, or members of your community are interested in volunteering as surveyors, please visit to register. Volunteers assist from approximately 10:30 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

Currently, 1 in 2,662 New Yorkers are street homeless, in a City with a population of more than 8 million. New York City’s street outreach operation has moved more than 4,000 chronically homeless individuals from the streets into housing since the program’s inception in 2007. With 24/7 outreach teams mobilized in all five boroughs, specialized housing set aside for the street homeless and targeted funding to ensure that adequate resources reach the individuals most in need, New York City is the national leader in making investments to bring individuals living on the street into shelter.

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