Shadow Count 2019

Learn how YOU can participate to be a part of the Shadow Count 2019! #shadowcount

On January 28th – 29th (overnight), the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) will conduct the HOPE (Homelessness Outreach Population Estimate) Count and will send volunteers across New York City to count people experiencing homelessness who are unsheltered.

On the same night, paid “decoys” will be planted in pairs in designated locations throughout all five boroughs of New York 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 Count 2019.


When: Monday, January 28th at 10 PM – Tuesday, January 29th at 4 AM

Where: Trainings are held at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College located at 2180 Third Avenue @ 119th Street, New York, NY 10035.

You will be deployed to one of New York City’s five boroughs on the night of the Count (designated location assigned at training session).


Compensation: Decoys will be paid $85.


What is required?

  1. Complete a training registration form (*Registration is now closed)
  2. Register for and attend a decoy training
  3. Submit a copy of your social security card and valid photo ID on the day of your training
  4. Remain at your designated location on the night of the Shadow Count


Shadow Count FAQs.

For more information, please visit:
Shadow Count Hotline: 212-396-7766

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Shadow Count 2019 Webpage