Project Renewal HOPE Survey team took to the New York City streets on Monday, January 28th alongside 3,000 volunteers gathered to count the men and women sleeping there. Starting at 10pm on one of the coldest nights of the year, these volunteers spread out to every corner of the five boroughs, covering 7,000 HOPE areas designated to them includingstreets, subways, parks and even alley ways.
Organized by NYC’s Department of Homeless Services, the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) is a point-in-time estimate conducted every year citywide by the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) since 2005. The survey is conducted in January to produce an estimate of the total number of individuals living unsheltered in New York City. The count helps Project Renewal and other agencies better target healthcare, outreach, and housing services to respond to the needs of unsheltered men and women.
Thousands of volunteers are needed in order to effectively survey the city and gather the most accurate estimate. Many thanks to Team Project Renewal —led by Emily Brown, and including Catalina Gironza, Kelsey Petrone, and Lisa Raffetto, who successfully completed their three areas in the Financial District.