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Counting the Homeless


  • Joel A. Devine

    (Tulane University)

  • James D. Wright

    (Tulane University)


S-Night in New Orleans was similar to that in other cities. Perhaps because New Orleans is the smallest and most geographically compact of the five cities, the S-Night enumeration was more complete in that more "decoys" were enumerated in New Orleans than in the other cities. Still, even here, the census counted only 19 of the 29 teams of decoys (65.5%). As elsewhere, the teams also observed numerous (evidently) homeless people who were never seen, approached, or counted by the census. Finally, among the homeless persons the authors interviewed the following morning, not one who had spent the night out-of-doors reported having been enumerated. The count of homeless persons in shelters appears to have been reasonably complete in New Orleans (within some limits), but the count of street people was flawed.

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  • Joel A. Devine & James D. Wright, 1992. "Counting the Homeless," Evaluation Review, , vol. 16(4), pages 409-417, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:evarev:v:16:y:1992:i:4:p:409-417

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    1. John Quigley & Steven Raphael, 2001. "The Economics Of Homelessness: The Evidence From North America," International Journal of Housing Policy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 1(3), pages 323-336.

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