How do you know the demographic characteristics if it's a visual only count?


There are four components to the Homeless Count. The most publicized is the Street Count when thousands of volunteers conduct a visual tally. The second component is the Shelter and Institution Count where we ask service providers and institutions to report on how many homeless individuals occupied their facilities on the night of the Count. The third component is the Youth Count, which is survey-based. Youth experiencing homelessness are extremely difficult to identify by sight so we rely on a survey-based methodology. The fourth component is the demographic survey. This is where we survey a sample of 5,000 to 7,000 people experiencing homelessness. This large universe allows us to confidently estimate demographic characteristics such as veteran status, race, and gender for the entire homeless population in our Continuum of Care. This demographic information is also applied to the tally sheets collected during the Street Count.

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