Shadow Count 2017

The HOPE and Shadow counts have been rescheduled for Monday, February 6, 2017. All staging sites will remain the same.

The HOPE and Shadow counts are unique opportunities to participate in an extraordinary citywide count of the street homeless population across the five boroughs. The HOPE and Shadow counts are rarely postponed and your support is vital, now more than ever. Your participation remains critical.

Updates will be available on the Shadow Count website,  facebook page, and hotline message. If you have any questions, please email

Thank you for volunteering to help to make sure all New Yorkers count.

Throughout the night of Monday, January 6th into the morning of Tuesday, February 7th (overnight!), the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) will be sending thousands of volunteers all across the city to count the homeless.

On that same night, paid “decoys” will be sent to designated locations throughout the city. Information on the number of decoys that are counted by DHS volunteers will be used to assess the accuracy of the official DHS HOPE 2017 Count. Shadow Count is funded by DHS but conducted independently by Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

Shadow Count 2017: Night of February 6-7th, 2017
12:00 midnight to 4:00 am
(Check-in time 10 pm)

Shadow Count FAQs.

The registration and training process is now CLOSED. If you are still interested in participating as a decoy, you may “walk in” to one of our Manhattan staging sites (Silberman School of Social Work or John Jay College). However, decoys who have registered and received training prior to the night of the Count will receive priority in deployment.

Note: Every decoy must provide a valid copy of their social security card and a state-issued photo ID in order to receive payment. Payments will be processed after the completion of the Shadow Count.

Thank you for your support and interest in this project.


Have questions? Contact us.

Mail: Shadow Count – 2180 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035
Shadow Count Hotline (leave a message and it will be returned ASAP): 212-396-7808


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Shadow Count 2017 Webpage