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!


Census Training Videos
How to Download and Use the Mobile Application

Part 1 – Southern Nevada Homeless Census Volunteer
Part 2-Southern Nevada Homeless Census Volunteer 

Southern Nevada Continuum of Care
With the enactment of the HEARTH Act in 2009, the CoC is now an entity that implements the HUD CoC program and includes all who choose to participate and are concerned with and/or are providing services to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness.

Agendas & Meeting Minutes
Learn about upcoming agendas and dates for Continuum of Care Board meetings or browse our archives.

Working Groups
Working Groups are established to address mandates and/or topics of critical importance to the SNH CoC and specifically referenced in the HEARTH Act.

About Homelessness
There are currently more than 100 service providers, including government entities, nonprofit organizations, faith-based groups and corporate partners, that are working together to provide homeless prevention and assistance programs to bring an end to homelessness in our community.

The Plan
In 2007, the plan was developed using stakeholder input, to guide the work of the community in ending homelessness.

Gap Anaylsis
The gaps analysis identifies key unmet needs in the housing and services system.

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.

Coordinated Entry
Coordinated Entry (CE) is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is Southern Nevada’s strategy for a more efficient system to help people experiencing homelessness to access housing services.

SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is a program designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.

National Partnerships
We maintain partnerships with several national organizations.

A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a local information technology system used to collect client-level data and data on the provision of housing and services to homeless individuals and families and persons at risk of homelessness.

Public Input
The Continuum of Care appreciates your feedback! The Public Input section frequently request responses and feedback from stakeholders and the public. Please check the section for more information.

Training Opportunties
There is always more to learn.  We're here to help.

Funding Opportunities
Learn about opportunities to fund our cause.

Glossary of Terms
Definitions and acronyms to help you.

External Resources
Get information on CHAP Specific Resources.

Environmental Reviews
The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) requires the analysis of the impact of federally funded projects on the environment and vice versa.

Property Partners
Find out how Operation HOME! can support your business.

About Operation HOME!
Operation HOME! is a regional initiative of Help Hope Home to find homes for 2,022 high-risk homeless Southern Nevadans at increased risk of COVID-19 by the end of 2022.

Contracted Provider Resources

For Operation HOME! RRH Subcontractors. Grants access to training links and the document library