Why Is The Count In The Winter And Not The Summer? Why Is It Conducted The Last 10 Days Of January?

Why is the Count in the winter and not the summer? Why is it conducted the last 10 days of January?


The US Department of Housing and Urban Development mandates that all Continuums of Care conduct a census of their homeless population during the last 10 days of January.  One reason the Count is conducted in January is that it’s historically the coldest month of the year, promoting more folks to be in shelter for the colder weather, making it easier to conduct the census. The reason for conducting the Count towards the end of the month is because that is when more people experience homelessness.

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