Southern Nevada Homeless Census: An annual homeless census is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of all Continuums of Care throughout the country. It may also be referred to as a Point-in-Time Count. There are two components to the census, a sheltered and unsheltered count of people experiencing homelessness. In Southern Nevada, the homeless census consists of many activities that occur annually during the last 10 days of January:
1. An urban count is conducted during which volunteers canvass Las Vegas/Clark County neighborhoods to obtain a visual count of unsheltered homeless individuals and families, who are living in places not meant for human habitation, like on the streets or in cars, parks and abandoned building.
2. Homeless service providers conduct a shelter count of the people in their transitional housing and shelter programs.
3. Specialized teams of outreach workers and volunteers canvass the tunnels under Las Vegas to obtain a count of people living in those areas.
4. Agencies, volunteers, and Code Enforcement perform a count in remaining rural areas.
5. Volunteers and homeless service providers conduct a survey to develop more insight into the needs and experiences of people experiencing homelessness, including causes of homelessness and unique characteristics of homeless subpopulations like youth, adults or families.
The 2023 homeless census is set for January 26th at 5:00 AM. We will need 600 volunteers to conduct a street-by-street canvas of our community. The data obtained in this census will assist service providers, policy makers, funders, and local, state and federal governments to better understand and plan for the needs of those experiencing homelessness by examining current statistics in various geographical contexts. If you are already registered to volunteer for this year’s census, here are the associated training videos.
2023 Southern Nevada Homeless Census Volunteer Registration!