On Monday, January 22nd, the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) will conduct its annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE), a citywide community volunteer effort to count every New Yorker sleeping on the street across the five boroughs during the coldest time of the year.
We are invited to help canvass parks, subways, and other public spaces to estimate the number of people who find themselves living on the street. Thousands of volunteers are needed to make HOPE a success. This count is so important, as it ensures the correct number to allocate funding for reaching the street homeless and identifies issues within existing shelter system (which has 64,000+ lodgers on any given night).
To register, click here and choose the Brooklyn: PS 257 - John F Hylan training site in Bed-Stuy, where we'll be meeting.