Learn how YOU can participate to be a part of the Shadow Count 2020! 

On January 27th – 28th (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 2020.


When: Monday, January 27th at 10 PM – Tuesday, January 28th at 4 AM

Where: Trainings are held at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, located at 2180 3rd 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 registration form
  2. Attend a decoy training
  3. Submit a copy of your social security card AND valid photo ID on the day of your training
  4. Check into and remain at your designated location on the night of the Shadow Count

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