Volunteers count Bronx and city homeless population as part of HOPE effort

Teams of volunteers were out combing Bronx and city streets Monday counting the homeless. The Department of Homeless Services dubbed the effort HOPE or the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate. About 2,000 volunteers went through all five boroughs overnight counting people who live on the streets. It's the first time the city's homeless population has been counted. Volunteers were instructed to ask anyone on the street, or in some cases the subway platforms, if they're homeless. All the groups were given a map and a questionnaire and everyone had a police escort. According to city officials, homeless totals won't come in for at least 10 days.

Related Links :To register: HOPE Registration For more information: HOPE Information 1-800-994-6494

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