On Monday, January 28, thousands of volunteers canvassed public spaces throughout the five boroughs to conduct the ninth annual Citywide Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE).
Required by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), HOPE enables the City to effectively allocate resources to address the issue of street homelessness. Although municipalities across the nation conduct similar surveys, DHS remains one of the most extensive efforts, with the inclusion of independently-placed decoys as an added quality assurance measure. The 2012 count estimated a total of 3,262 clients living on the streets a 26 percent reduction since 2005.
This year, Commissioner Diamond visited with participating students at St. John’s University, before heading to his survey site in Manhattan.
Each year, preparing for HOPE requires a great deal of planning and coordination with other agencies, including the Police Department (NYPD), the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Parks and the Department of Education (DOE). Divided into HOPE “zones,” the City is surveyed based on high and low density areas– locations where street homeless individuals are known to outreach, and places where no clients have previously been found, respectively.
DHS would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s survey possible, and reminds all New Yorkers to dial 311 should they see a homeless individual who may be in need of services.
View coverage from NY1 here: http://manhattan.ny1.com/content/politics/political_news/176136/annual-homeless-count-aims-to-put-number-on-needs