IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

An Evaluation of the S-Night Street Enumeration of the Homeless in Los Angeles


  • Michael R. Cousineau

    (Homeless Health Care Los Angeles)

  • Thomas W. Ward

    (Homeless Health Care Los Angeles)


An evaluation of S-Night estimated that between 59% and 70% of the homeless on the streets of downtown Los Angeles were missed by the Census Bureau. The evaluation placed "observers" at street sites in downtown Los Angeles during the 2-hour street count and interviewed 50 homeless people over the following 3 days. Enumerators were seen at 19 of 39 sites in part because they were working from an incomplete list of places where homeless people often congregate. Enumerators also appeared rushed, and many did not speak Spanish. In addition, the danger associated with visiting some of the sites may have intimidated some enumerators, and the unusually visible presence of media and police may have driven many homeless further into hiding.

Suggested Citation

  • Michael R. Cousineau & Thomas W. Ward, 1992. "An Evaluation of the S-Night Street Enumeration of the Homeless in Los Angeles," Evaluation Review, , vol. 16(4), pages 389-399, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:evarev:v:16:y:1992:i:4:p:389-399

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Robert F. Schoeni & Paul Koegel, 1998. "Economic Resources Of The Homeless: Evidence From Los Angeles," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 16(3), pages 295-308, July.
    2. A. M. Coumans & M. Cruyff & P. G. M. Heijden & J. Wolf & H. Schmeets, 2017. "Estimating Homelessness in the Netherlands Using a Capture-Recapture Approach," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 130(1), pages 189-212, January.

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:sae:evarev:v:16:y:1992:i:4:p:389-399. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (SAGE Publications). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.