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

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  • Michael R. Cousineau

    (Homeless Health Care Los Angeles)

  • Thomas W. Ward

    (Homeless Health Care Los Angeles)

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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.

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  • 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
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    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.

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