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Annual Homeless Census

The 36th Annual Homeless Count in Boston will be held on the night of Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Due to registration volume, we have now closed the signup pageThank you to everyone who registered to volunteer!  

Each year the Emergency Shelter Commission​ coordinates the annual City of Boston Homeless Census, a one-night Point in-Time count of homeless persons living on the streets, in emergency shelters for individuals or families, in domestic violence programs, in residential mental health or substance abuse programs, transitional housing and in specialized programs serving homeless youth and homeless veterans. 

The Homeless Count in Boston provides critical information on the scope of the problem of homelessness in our community. By tracking capacity and utilization of emergency shelter, transitional housing and treatment programs at a point in time, the Homeless Count helps the City of Boston put a number to the unmet need for housing and other support services. Data on is obtained on household demographics, socio-economic status, community of origin and family make-up in order to help inform city policy and priorities regarding the social determinants of homelessness. Census results also help the City measure progress in our efforts to prevent and end homelessness. 

​Please note:  Volunteers may be placed on a waiting list. While we do our best to put you on teams with others you ask to be grouped with, it is not always possible to accommodate every request.  In the event of a blizzard or other weather emergency, the snow date for the Homeless Count will be Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Thank you for your flexibility.

Boston Homeless Census Volunteer Form.
If you are intrested in participating in this year's homeless census,
please fill out and submit the form below.

(* Required fields)
*Last Name *First Name
Organization or Group
Day Phone Cell Phone
Email Address * (At least one mode of contact must be provided.)
Enter the names of people you would like to be grouped with
Can you bring a car to use on the night of the census? Yes No
How many people can your car hold?
Have you participated in this census before? Yes No
Would you mind providing us with your address?
Street Address Neighborhood
City State ZipCode
​To add the Homeless Census Form, Click "Add a Web Part" above, go to Miscellaneous and add the Homeless Census form from there.
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