Homeless Census & Surveys
The United States federal government under the auspices of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires counties to count their homeless populations every two years in order to be eligible for continued federal funding. ASR developed a unique methodology, which has been cited as a best practice by HUD, which we use to both count and survey the homeless population.
Counting and surveying the homeless can only be successful with the assistance of those who possess an intimate knowledge of the activities and locations of homeless people. ASR recruits and trains homeless people to work as enumerators in the street count and also to serve as survey researchers in the survey portion of the projects. ASR has found that homeless respondents are more likely to be honest about their lives with homeless survey researchers.