On Monday, January 28th, 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.
From 10 PM - 4 AM, volunteers will canvass parks, subways, and other public spaces to estimate the number of people who are unsheltered. Thousands of volunteers are needed to make HOPE a success. This count is so important, as it allows the city to have a correct number to allocate funding for reaching the street homeless and to identify issues within the existing shelter system (which has 64,000+ lodgers on any given night). Training is provided, and groups all include at least one experienced HOPE volunteer. To register, visit this link (for reference, the “Brooklyn: PS 257 - John F Hylan” training site covers South Williamsburg and Bed-Stuy, but choose what suits you best). Feel free to direct any questions to Holly.